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Today GMO Mosquitoes: Tomorrow GMO Dogs and GMO People

Not only does the American public have all kinds of GMO food to navigate around, but now we have GMO mosquitoes to avoid. Especially for those who live in Florida, this will be quite the task. Has anyone ever tried not to get bitten in the Everglades?

As if this headline isn’t concerning enough, there are very good reasons why this plan to introduce genetically modified mosquitoes into the Florida Keys is a bad one. For instance, once they’re let loose, there is no stopping them from traveling up the peninsula of Florida and to the other 47 contiguous states.

Clearly, the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District (FKMCD) and biotech company called Oxitec are running an uncontrollable ‘experiment.’ Experiments of this nature are supposed to be first conducted in a locked down laboratory. In case things go awry, all the damage can be contained. However, once this GMO mosquito genie is let out of the bottle, there is no getting it back in.

What is to Prevent the GMO Mosquito DNA from Being Injected into a Human Body?

This is where the experiment is fatally flawed. Those in charge say that they are releasing only male mosquitoes which do not sting.

“Oxitec has counteracted this objection by stating they only plan to release male mosquitoes, which don’t bite. This again sounds good in theory… but in reality, sorting millions of insects according to sex is no small feat. And even FKMCD notes that although every effort is made to release only males,’ Oxitec trials show that .03 percent of the mosquitoes released are female.” [1]

That certainly doesn’t sound like a very good start that will inspire trust. Not only will some females be released at outset, they will proliferate over years of mating so their population will only increase.

 

 

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