Developed by biotech company Oxitec, engineered Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are genetically modified so they have no viable female offspring. #Geneticallymodified #mosquitoesFlorida #California Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes may soon be roaming Florida and California.
USA TODAY After a pilot program in the Florida Keys last year, the EPA has approved the release of more than 2 billion genetically modified male mosquitoes in Florida and California. Oxitec, the biotech company that develops the mosquitoes, said the goal of the project is to reduce the spread of harmful diseases such as dengue, Zika and yellow fever. Some environmental groups are concerned about the potential impact of GM insects: "Once you release these mosquitoes into the environment, you can't recall them." Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes trying to fight their natural, disease-causing counterparts may soon be released in Florida and California after the Environmental Protection Agency approves plans to further test them. Developed by biotech company Oxitec, engineered Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are genetically modified to release non-biting males into the wild and mate with biting females. The company says their resulting offspring are either male or female, and they never survive to maturity. Millions of mosquitoes were released in a pilot program in the Florida Keys last year, and the EPA on Monday approved an expansion of the program to Florida and four counties in California, pending approval from state regulators. Meredith Fensom, head of global public affairs at Oxitec, said that while the EPA approval covers one county in Florida and four counties in California and has released more than 2 billion genetically modified male mosquitoes in the states, the planned rollout is limited. Multiple - Covers only the Florida Keys and extends to Visalia in Tulare County, California. Thinking outside the box: First GM mosquitoes released in US buzz in Florida Keys Oxitec said the goal is to reduce the spread of harmful diseases such as dengue, Zika, yellow fever and chikungunya. While Aedes aegypti is an invasive species, making up only a small fraction of Florida's mosquito population, they are responsible for a large number of human cases of disease, Fensom said.
my two bits:
Oxitec is a Bill Gates' company
I noticed we had really bad mosquitoes last Summer here in So Cal...I wouldn't be surprised if those GMO mosquitoes were released all over CA because these corporations do as they please without any oversight