Genetically Modified Mosquitoes — What’s The Real Story?

SPW Staff,  Southeast Product Weekly,  2021.

You’ve heard about the genetically modified mutant mosquitoes being released in the Florida Keys — but what exactly is going on, and how, and why? Basically, researchers in parts of the Florida Keys are releasing male mosquitoes that have been genetically modified to produce only male offspring. In a generation or two, there are no more girl mosquitoes to have baby mosquitoes. That’s the simple explanation. t might help to know this experiment was tried once before — successfully — in Brazil.There’s now a new, science-based online information resource about genetically modified mosquitoes from University of Florida scientists at the UF/IFAS Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory. “Genetically Modified Mosquitoes” is the latest publication on Ask IFAS, UF/IFAS’ Electronic Data Information Source (EDIS) peer-reviewed site, that provides relevant information regarding the pilot projects in select areas of the Florida Keys. The experiments, which are a collaboration between the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District and the biotechnology company Oxitec founded in the United Kingdom out of Oxford University, are permitted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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