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Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes will Release as a Solution for Mosquitoes -borne Diseases

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Mosquitoes- borne diseases are widespread and a majority of illness and deaths may occurs due to the mosquitoes. Now the solution for this have created by Florida by planning the release of hundreds of millions of genetically modified male mosquitoes .

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services this week granded an experimental use permit to release potentially millions of lab made male Aeses aegypti mosquitoes throughout Monroe Country.

These species of mosquitoes are the major causes of the spread of diseases like yellow fever, malaria and chikungunya.

Now a genetically modified male mosquito named OX5034 has received both state and federal approval to be released into the Florida Keys now through 2022, against the objection of many local residents and a coalition of environmental advocacy groups.

The mosquito OX5034 has been altered to produce female offspring that die in the larval stage, well before hatching and growing large enough to bite and spread diseases. We know the female mosquitoes bites for blood, which she needs to mature her eggs. This bites are continue from one and end up to hundred by carrying the blood of diseased. This is the main reason of the spreading of mosquitoes borne diseases.
Local and International Environmental groups released statements opposing the experiment.

“People here in Florida do not consent to the (genetically engineered) mosquitoes or to being human experiments,” Barry Wray, executive director of the Florida Keys Environmental Coalition, said in a prepared statement. We are demanding sound science, not marketing hype. It is critical to prioritize the less risk, more environmentally sustainable, lower cost and natural alternatives.”

But Meredith Fensom, head of Global Public Affairs for Oxitec, argued that the process is safe and good for the environment. She says it has been assessed by the EPA and the state agricultural department, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state Department of Environmental Protection.

“Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are invasive. This returns the environment to its natural state,” Fensom said Thursday.

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