GMO mosquitoes? Apparently that’s a thing.
While many may still be trying to wrap their heads around the fact that GMO mosquitoes exist, US regulators would like you to know that a type of genetically modified mosquito made by the British company Oxitec should pose no danger to the environment.
This is coming after series of public comments on the issue.
The US Food and Drug Administration’s environmental review for the release of Oxitec’s genetically engineered (GE) mosquitoes, known as OX513A, found “the proposed field trial will not have significant impacts on the environment.”
The male mosquitoes are engineered so that their offspring will die before they reach adulthood, an approach Oxitec says can reduce the populations of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that can spread human viral diseases, including Zika, dengue, yellow fever and chikungunya. See, it’s for a good reason.
The FDA decision does not, however, mean the mosquitoes are immediately approved for commercial use, said a statement from the federal agency.
The program would release male Oxitec mosquitoes to mate with wild female Aedes aegypti.
Just so you know, only female mosquitoes bite and spread disease. With this manufactured species, any offspring they produce would soon die, reducing the size of the mosquito population.
What do you think?