At this moment, the FDA is considering a proposal that is frightening to many.
There is a plan to release millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys.
Oxitec, a British firm, says it has bred mutant mosquitoes that carry a genetic “kill switch” … which reduces the birthrate when the GMO mosquito breeds with another mosquito.
This is the latest proposal to fight the spread of the dengue virus spread by mosquitoes; dengue is the leading cause of illness and death in the tropics and subtropics; the GMO plan would also battle the spread of chikungunya which is not as deadly, but can cause high fever and leave victims with joint pain for months or even years.
The U.S. has never had a real issue with either disease, but the risk is increasing and in 2009, there was an outbreak of dengue in Key West.
Oxitec says only male mosquitoes will be genetically modified, and the males don’t bite, but the concern is … well, once you introduce GMO mosquitoes — Are you absolutely sure that you are doing more good than harm to the public?
That’s one of the topics tonight on LARRY CONNERS USA.
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