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Genetically altered mosquitoes have proven their reliability in tests across the globe

| | November 8, 2016

[In November 2016,] the first U.S. experiment to release genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes into the wild gets put to a vote in Key Haven, Fla., and the county of Monroe.

Many in Key Haven have voiced concerns about the safety of hosting GM insects in their backyards, but outside experts say these mosquitoes would be innocuous.

“There are no potential [health] risks to the Oxitec genetically modified mosquitoes approach,” says Thomas Miller, an emeritus professor of entomology at the University of California, Riverside. And although this would be a first for the U.S., previous Oxitec field trials in other countries have successfully reduced local mosquito populations by more than 90 percent without any indication of worrisome side effects.

Indeed, dozens of experiments with altered mosquitoes have [already] taken place over the past five years throughout the world in an effort to squash the spread of mosquito-associated diseases.

Data on GM mosquito experiments around the world. Credit: Amanda Montanez

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion, and analysis. Read full, original post: Mosquitoes Will Save Us All … from Mosquitoes

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