Mutant Bugs Could Come As Early As Spring, But There’s No Reason To Freak Out

January 29, 2015 9:55 PM

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Mutant Bugs Could Come As Early As Spring, But There’s No Reason To Freak Out

Health officials in Florida have asked the federal Food and Drug Administration to let them release millions of genetically modified mosquitoes to target several mosquito-borne diseases in the Florida Keys, but many residents there are wary of the eradication program out of fear that the bioengineered bugs could be dangerous. Scientists, however, have maintained that the insects do not pose a threat to humans or the environment, and are actually quite effective at preventing the spread of potentially deadly viruses.

"We're not particularly thrilled with genetically modified anything," one resident of Key West, where the mosquitoes would be let loose, told NPR. Other residents have said they felt like guinea pigs. If approved, it would be the first time the program was used in the U.S. The GMO mosquitoes could b...

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