Hundreds of Millions of GMO Mosquitoes to be Released in Texas, Florida


Beginning next year, millions of genetically modified mosquitoes will be released in the Florida Keys and in Houston, Texas in an attempt to battle insect-borne diseases such as Zika and Dengue Fever.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans on starting the project on World Mosquito Day, which is Thursday, August 20.

The EPA approved a British biotechnology company that develops GMO insects to assist in insect control called Oxitec to run the project.

The concept is that the all-male genetically modified mosquitoes, named OX5034, carry a special gene that kills any female offspring produced by the GMO insects.

Because female mosquitoes are the only ones that bite humans for blood, this would hypothetically limit the threat they pose to public health.


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