FDA Set to Release Millions of Genetically Modified Mosquitos in Florida Keys

Patti MayonnaiseJanuary 28, 2015562 Views
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Once the approval for the release is given, British researchers will be freeing millions of genetically modified mosquitoes into the Florida Keys. The plan for this experiment is to utilize these bugs as opponents to two devastating and painful viral diseases. This is a groundbreaking innovation that obviously strikes some fear in the hearts of local residents, as it will be the first attempt to release modified insects into a U.S. residential neighborhood. Researchers are explaining their reasoning with the notion that mosquitothese modified mosquitoes can potentially act as a drug for curing diseases.

With dengue and chikungya increasing in threat levels every day, researchers are striving to find a practical solution that can be applied to benefit area residents. Given humanity’s fear of the unknown however, it seems that people are more hesitant from the fright of being bitten by one of these genetically modified mosquitoes. In fact, a Change.org petition has gained momentum in calling for a cease to the project with a growing 130,000 signatures against the experiment. At this point, boosters are having to develop an illustration that better conveys the benefits and just how much they outweigh any slight risks.

Mostly the resistance coming from the public is directly linked to the negative connotations which accompany GMO issues. The mosgeneral public has an unsavory taste for GMOs and despite the positive impact that this project can have on the community and its surrounding areas, it is a hard ticket to sell. In the meantime while researchers and scientists attempt to convince the advantages are far greater than the negative and minute chances of risk, the problem is escalating each and every day, leaving options limited. As Key West is the southernmost city in the United States, it is a region most vulnerable to these troublesome and highly contagious tropical diseases. The debate still continues, although we can only hope that it is resolved swiftly for the sake of innocent lives.

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