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Plan to Release GMO Mosquitoes 'A Science Experiment Run Amok'


Plan to Release GMO Mosquitoes 'A Science Experiment Run Amok'

Andrea Germanos, staff writer

A biotechnology company's plan to release millions of genetically engineered mosquitoes the Florida Keys to combat tropical diseases has been criticized as "a science experiment run amok" by a watchdog organization.

The plan, which local officials hope to get underway this spring, is meant to control the population of Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that spreads dengue fever and chikungunya.


A better solution would be develop better bug repellents. Killing the mosquitoes will solve some problems for humans, but damage the ecology. Snakes, forges, fish and many small animals depend on mosquitoes for food. Larger animals depend on the smaller animals for food. Also GMO of any kind should be band entirely. Much more research needs to be done before it can be safely used.


When they haul off the family cat and chihuahua, people will ask “Where the hell did that come from?”


In a Canadian province they released thousands of dragonflies that naturally controlled mosquitos.

Swifts, swallows, martins and bats eat their weight in mosquitos daily. We can build homes for these to control mosquitos naturally without resorting to dangerous GMO’s.