Genetically Modified Mosquitos: What’s Next?

Although the science is there, and we can now genetically modify insects and maybe even animals. Fersen Lambranho wonders: Do we really want to? What would the implications be?

Mosquitos may now be able to cure disease. Scientists are soon to release millions of mosquitos that have been genetically modified. The release is set to occur in the Florida keys, and the purpose is to kill off other insects that spread diseases such as dengue and chikungunya.
This male mosquito is engineered to keep the female from reproducing in the wild. This would significantly reduce the spread of these diseases, and essentially this is the use of a mosquito to cure a disease, says Michael Doyle, head of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control department.
Even so, despite the obvious benefits, many people are wary of releasing genetically modified insects into the wild. So far 130,000 people have signed a petition opposing this release.

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