Humans have come a long way since the dawn of time. We are both superb and horrendous simultaneously. We as humans sometimes interfere with nature when we really shouldn’t. The concept is good, and the goal behind the idea isn’t bad, but what will the true outcome be?
A plan to release over 750 million genetically modified mosquitoes into the Florida Keys in 2021 and 2022 received final approval from local authorities.
What could go wrong?
Lo and behold, guess who funded the company that "edited" these mosquitoes…https://t.co/rvKJAMHIVl
— Jordan Sather (@Jordan_Sather_) August 20, 2020
750 million genetically modified mosquitoes are set to be released in the Florida Keys in 2021 and 2022. The proposal has already been approved by both federal and state officials and now has been approved by the local authorities much to the public’s dissent.
The policy director for the International Center for Technology Assessment and Center for Food Safety, Jaydee Hanson, expressed her dismay. She stated that during a pandemic, racial injustice, and climate change the administration used government resources to fund a “Jurassic Park” experiment. She added that the Monroe County Mosquito Control District has provided permission to proceed, she asked: “what could go wrong?” Hanson claimed that we don’t know because the EPA didn’t thoroughly analyze the environmental risks involved.
The modified mosquito, named OX5034, is altered to produce female offspring that will die during the larval stage. Females are the ones that bite and use the blood to mature her eggs. Males mosquitoes feed only on nectar, and don’t bite humans, so they pose no threat of spreading disease.
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