Genetically-altered mosquitoes to be released in Florida

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By: Aarav Sen 

(Scroll down for video) Scientists said that they have a solution for the infestation of mosquitoes in Florida.

It may sound like something out of a horror movie, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is actually considering whether or not to allow scientists to send thousands of genetically modified insects out on the streets of Florida.

If all goes as planned, the Genetically-altered mosquitoes will be introduced in the Florida Keys. When the mosquitoes mate with female Skeeters that are carrying the dengue fever, scientist believe that the treatment will cause a birth defect and will destroy the offspring before it is born.

“It is like birth control for mosquitoes,” one of the scientists who is working on this project said. As of today, there is no vaccine available for dengue fever anywhere in the world and although the mortality rate associated with this fever is low, it remains a serious problem.

In the Florida Keys, where the economy is based on tourism, an epidemic of any kind could be catastrophic.

Many people oppose releasing these altered mosquitoes for fear that sending these mosquitoes into the environment could have grave consequences.



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