Florida politicians cross party lines to support Zika-fighting GMO mosquitoes

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Florida politicians are uniting to fight the Zika virus.

61 Republican and Democratic Representatives have written a letter, urging federal officials to allow the use of genetically-modified mosquitoes to wipe out Zika-carrying mosquitoes.

Representative Heather Fitzenhagen said the need for an effective mosquito solution has never been more urgent.  That’s why she signed the letter, urging federal officials to bypass bureaucracy and allow the use of GMO mosquitoes to fight Zika-carrying mosquitoes.

“I think we need to get started sooner than later so that we can put an end, as quickly as possible, to the Zika outbreak,” said Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen….

Oxitec has already released these mosquitoes into Panama, Brazil and the Grand Cayman, where it has successfully reduced the Zika-carrying Aedes aegypti population.

That’s why members of the Florida House of Representatives want to use the technology in Florida.

“This is a specific threat, and it’s new, and this technology appears to have the best chance to stop it in its tracks,” said Rep. Matt Caldwell….

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Read full, original post: Fla. Reps. urging feds to use GMO mosquitoes in Zika fight

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