Aedes Aegypti Mosquitoes To Be Targeted By Genetically Modified Mosquitoes
With the day for the release of the genetically modified mosquitoes coming nearer, the apprehensions and misgiving regarding the step is increasing. The apprehension is even more because people are not sure what the step is all about and how it will help to combat the mosquito borne diseases. The genetically modified mosquitoes may be released in the Florida Keys. Such experiments have been conducted in other countries and have been free from danger. The species of mosquitoes that will be targeted are Aedes Aegypti, which were introduced in America from Egypt. It has two serious diseases: dengue and chikungunya. Dengue can infect up to 100 million people worldwide each year.
Oxitec Limited To Work On The GMO Mosquitoes
The company that is to work on the GMO mosquitoes if the FDA approves the project is Oxitec Limited and they say that their aim is to have the tools they need to keep the numbers of Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes down. The male mosquitoes will be released in the wild to mate with female mosquitoes. The resultant offspring will die young. As Communications Manager for Oxitec, Chris Creese said, “It’s true there are misconceptions causing some confusion,” “There are no diseases in the technology. This mosquito control method uses the mosquito as a tool to fight itself.” Several sources have also said that chances of the process backfiring are really low.
Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Will Not Live Long As Well
While there is reassures coming from all quarters that there is hardly any risk to the human population living in Keys from the mosquitoes, there is no one who can clearly predicate the effects that the mosquitoes will have. Moreover, it was also said that the genetically modified mosquitoes and their off springs will not survive for long in the wild.