FDA Considering the Release of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says genetically modified mosquitoes are no danger to the environment or humans. The federal agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services is considering a field trial of releasing genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys.

On Friday, the FDA released documents for public comment pertaining to their review of information regarding genetically modified mosquitoes provided from Oxitec, Ltd. — a British biotech firm.

Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are a non-native species in the United States. Besides being a nuisance, this mosquito strain can spread serious diseases — like chikungunya and …read more


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