Genetically Modified Mosquitos


It’s rainy season in South Florida, which signifies mosquito season. Recently, the EPA approved the launch of a controversial project releasing genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys to battle disease-carrying mosquitoes, which would reduce the local population of these mosquitoes. Genetically modified mosquitoes are an alternative to insecticides, which are used heavily to control insect populations. However, there is not enough research documented about any long-term effects this new technology could disseminate. Although the goal of this project is to eradicate disease-carrying mosquitoes, the public deserves to know all risks and/or benefits that could potentially affect us all.