FDA just greenlit releasing mutant Zika-killing mosquitoes in Florida


Locutus
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Our sci-fi future just got a whole lot closer to becoming a reality, after the Food and Drug Administration gave the okay to a field trial that would release genetically modified Zika-killing mosquitoes in the Florida Keys.

On Friday, the FDA released a final environmental assessment of the trial, finding that it “will not have significant impacts on the environment.” The project, led by Oxitec, a biotech company that focuses on insect control, calls for the release of thousands of genetically engineered male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. The lab insects are bred so that over time they could kill off much of the local mosquito population by passing on a gene fatal to any offspring they have with wild females.


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Zika-killing mutant mosquitos approved by FDA | Fusion
 
Murphy
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I am always a little concerned when we start modifying living things. It's love/hate. Get rid of the Zika virus! What happens if the genetic mod causes some other, unforeseen problem!

Are these tiny mosquitoes carrying itsy bitsy Qurans? Islam's reputation might improve if they were seen doing something humane, but still get to kill at the same time. (Sorry, couldn't resist.)