First Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Released in the United States
Biotech firm Oxitec launches controversial field test of its insects in Florida after years of opposition from residents and regulatory complications.
After years of controversy, a biotech firm has released genetically-altered mosquitos in the Florida Keys.
Despite strong pushback from Florida residents and a decade of regulatory scrutiny, British biotech firm Oxitec was allowed to release millions of genetically engineered mosquitos into the Florida Keys. Some locals don’t trust the company’s motives and technology, while others worry about its effects on the region’s ecosystem. Researchers hope the experiment will kill off a species of mosquitos responsible for deadly diseases in humans.
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