Hundreds of millions of genetically engineered mosquitoes to be released soon in Florida

The United States has decided to release hundreds of millions of genetically engineered mosquitoes. The USA, specifically Flordia, is the first country in the world to release so many mosquitoes together. Hundreds of millions of genetically engineered mosquitoes are soon to be released in America.

On Tuesday, the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District Board (FKMCB) decided to release hundreds of millions of non-harmful mosquitoes. These genetically engineered mosquitoes were designed for a project scheduled for next year. In fact, there is no confirmation till now, when and where this trial project will begin. The project will expire at the end of 2022.

The Center for Food Safety Public Interest and the Environmental Advocacy Organization is a non-profit group that opposes their move. Seven hundred fifty million genetically modified mosquitoes were released soon as per them.

A biotechnology company called Oxytech plays a vital role in this project. US government regulated this previously. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Florida.

What is the purpose behind releasing so many mosquitoes?

Aedes aegypti is a mosquito that spreads diseases such as dengue, yellow fever, Chikungunya, and syphilis. They lay their eggs in waterlogged areas. The main reason of this project includes the spread of dengue fever in some parts of the United States.

The engineered mosquitoes are males, and after they mate, the offspring of female mosquitoes die in the larval stage. Therefore, we can stop the spread of the disease.

There is no danger to the environment or humanity as a result of this project. This is the assurance given to us by the federal and state regulatory agencies who reviewed this project.

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