Genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes could be released into the U.S. environment as early as January 2012. A private firm is planning to initiate the release of the GM mosquitoes in the Florida Keys.
The first GM mosquito release took place in the Cayman Islands in 2009, and the second in Malaysia in 2010.
Now, residents of the Florida Keys, like those of the Cayman Islands and Malaysia, will be subjected to these genetically manipulated insects, without having any say in the matter.
“The mosquitoes are genetically modified with a gene designed to kill them unless given an antibiotic known as tetracycline.
Offspring of the GM mosquitoes will receive this same lethal gene which will kill the offspring before it can ever reach adulthood.
As more genetically modified mosquitoes mate with wild mosquitoes, the idea is that more and more offspring will be produced with the lethal gene, thereby reducing the mosquito population.
Of course the risks these mosquitoes post … are highly unknown …
With the release of genetically modified insects could come the downfall of both local and global ecosystems …”
While the biotech industry remains steadfast in their official stance that genetically engineered foods and animals are safe and provide valuable benefits, reality is telling us otherwise…
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