Gene-al­tered mos­qui­toes mulled

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT -

Mos­quito con­trol of­fi­cials in the Florida Keys are wait­ing for the fed­eral government to sign off on an ex­per­i­ment that would re­lease hun­dreds of thou­sands of ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied mos­qui­toes to re­duce the risk of dengue fever in Key West. If ap­proved by the Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion, it would be the first such ex­per­i­ment in the U.S. Some Key West res­i­dents worry not enough re­search has been done to de­ter­mine risks the ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied in­sects might pose to the Keys’ frag­ile ecosys­tem.

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