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US Scientists Created Genetically Modified Mosquitos To Fight Zika Virus

The U.S. are taking steps in creating its first genetically modified mosquito to fight the Zika virus. The Food and Drug Administration has released a draft of its environmental impact study of OX513A, a male Aedes aegypti mosquito genetically modified to pass on a lethal gene to his offspring.
According to the FDA, the release of this GM male in a Key West suburb as part of a field trial will have "no significant impact" on the health of the local environment or the people who live in it.

The use of genetically modified mosquitoes to fight Zika received attention of both the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. The genetically modified mosquito is a possible remedy against the growing threat of Zika. Passed by the bite of an infected female, Zika is now associated with central nervous system disorders in infants of mothers who contracted the disease while pregnant.

However, this is not Zika, which began the process toward the first GM mosquitoes in America. This happened in Key West in 2009 and 2010. According millions of dollars of effort failed to bring the Aedes under control, local officials sought other options such OX513A. The proposed study will examine how OX513A control the local population of Aedes aegypti in Key Haven, Florida. Key Haven is a small community of about 475 homes located on Raccoon Key, about a mile east of the island of Key West.

But the thought of a GM mosquito sparked fear among some members of the local community. What's next? Genetically Modified humans, to fight wars. Hmmm.

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