FDA Green-Lights Mutant Zika Killing Mosquito Release In Florida


By: Kristen V. Brown | Fusion


Our sci-fi future just got a whole lot closer to becoming a reality, after the Food and Drug Administration gave the okay to a field trial that would release genetically modified Zika-killing mosquitoes in the Florida Keys.

On Friday, the FDA released a final environmental assessment of the trial, finding that it “will not have significant impacts on the environment.” The project, led by Oxitec, a biotech company that focuses on insect control, calls for the release of thousands of genetically engineered male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. The lab insects are bred so that over time they could kill off much of the local mosquito population by passing on a gene fatal to any offspring they have with wild females.

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This is not the last hurdle Oxitec faces in turning its dream of disease-obliterating mosquitoes into reality. The company will have to win the approval of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, which plans to vote on the proposal after issuing a survey testing local sentiment of Keys residents this fall. While past surveys have shown the project to have a majority of support, it has also had vocal naysayers. Some fear the environmental impacts that removing the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, a non-native species, might have. Others have more imaginative objections, such as conspiracy theories about the project.

 Oxitec’s mosquitoes are engineered to include two copies of the baby-mosquito killing genes, overriding natural selection to make it almost certain that their offspring receive the killer gene from dad. Oxitec claims that trials in Brazil, Panama and the Cayman Islands have reduced mosquito populations by 90%, calling the success “an unprecedented level” of human control over nature. (The World Health Organization, which has also studied using such tactics against disease, has stated that while the technology “has demonstrated the ability to reduce the [mosquito] populations in small-scale field trials” there is still “an absence of data on epidemiological impact.”)

The FDA’s okay is a major step forward toward a U.S. implementation of the technology at a time of much concern over the spread of Zika in the U.S. after cases in Florida. Derric Nimmo, the senior scientist for Oxitec’s Keys project, told me that in the coming months much of his time will be spent going door-to-door in Key Haven, the area of the Keys where he hopes to do the release. Nimmo’s job now is to convince residents that his project is the best chance at stopping the spread of Zika in the U.S.

Everywhere else where we’ve done this there’s been 90% or better control of the population,” he said. “If we can show that it’s the same in the Key Haven, it has a really good chance of being able to prevent Zika in Miami or wherever in the U.S.”

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Oxitec’s mosquitoes, he said, is a solution that Keys residents don’t realize they need.

Luke Alphey, a co-founder of Oxitec and developer of the technology who no longer works with the company, said he hopes Keys residents find the FDA’s findings reassuring.

“They have looked carefully at the method and specifically at this trial, and determined it is safe,” he said. “I hope people who don’t have the time and the information to learn everything about this will take comfort in the fact that the FDA has had the time and the information, and this is their conclusion.”

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  1. 1786836721560101@facebook.com' Jay Davis says:

    I don’t trust the FDA…hope it don’t backfire and cause more harm to humans.

  2. 10204879897597162@facebook.com' Toni Rad says:

    and why would the public be skeptical?

  3. 10157236104975557@facebook.com' Tracy LC says:

    hope they don’t turn into to zombie mosquitoes lol

  4. I love that moment. When you’re on a long car ride, or listening to music, or reading. And you completely zone out. You forget your troubles, and everyone around you. You’re focused on that one thing, and that one thing only. You’re content, and everything seems peaceful.

  5. Lets see, the FDA is totally corrupt and will take bribe money from anybody. This reality suggests this is a profitable idea but immensely stupid.

  6. 10154536237113900@facebook.com' Carly Davis says:

    Are they fucking stupid

  7. 1027568673941317@facebook.com' Mitch Blanco says:

    I hope everyone is ready for the explosion of people getting sick with the Zika virus in Florida!!! This is exactly how they are infecting people. They have been able to prove that the Zika virus started exactly where the gmo mosquitoes have been released from in other countries. Time to start boosting up your immune systems with natural organic foods, herbs and other things.

  8. What else has the FDA released…I smell a rat

  9. Why screw with things on a Godlike scale why don’t you just find a cure for the virus. ?

  10. 10204998919631949@facebook.com' Delis Alms says:

    Since subposting gets lost I’ll repost my reply to Mitch Blanco, The article from snopes is from Jan 2016. If anyone has found anything that shows that the GMO mosquitos are at fault would like to see it. https://www.snopes.com/zika-virus-gmo-mosquitoes/

  11. What could possibly go wrong?!!

  12. Good I hate those little DEVELS anyway

  13. So, what kills the Mutant Mosquitoes?

  14. Genetically modified misquote. Sure, what could go wrong here?

  15. 280742965626229@facebook.com' Amber Leigh says:

    Why do we need more mosquitoes. What epidemic are they gonna start.

  16. 1052745458148317@facebook.com' Henry Avery says:

    Case study: Hawaii imported mongoose to kill rats. Mongoose diurnal, rats nocturnal.
    Hawaii now has a mongoose problem.
    Live and Learn…or continually make the same mistakes?

  17. 10207044212168674@facebook.com' Cody Johnson says:

    Oh, god this is how it starts

  18. Rustah Martinez here they go

  19. 10154496447419665@facebook.com' Tom Free says:

    And this is how the zombie apocalypse begins

  20. this sounds fuckin shitty

  21. Seems a bit like trying to fight fire with a blowtorch to me.

  22. 1002214719857506@facebook.com' Dan Carden says:

    Of course it isn’t, it’s not even intended to be safe.

  23. 10204678728839059@facebook.com' Derek Oliver says:

    Maybe they are making a mutant mosquitos, when they breed making some kind of super virus ?

  24. Stop messing with Nature in ways you don’t understand! Just because you can doesn’t mean you should! Enough harm done! ?

  25. I don’t want them a long time ago some idiot brought love bugs to Florida because he thought they would eat mosquitoes now they’ve taken over 2 times a year they’re everywhere everytime a new species in introduced to a new environment it always becomes a problem

  26. Man will create his own downfall… Don’t they ever watch those scifi movies when people try to genetically alter a creatures gene??? Then it crosses with another similar species and… Well… Humans are idiots… Especially those with power and money….

  27. 1634026910244505@facebook.com' Maria Molina says:

    Why don’t they just say they’re going to do another virus out there so they can kill us all off stop messing with science but you don’t understand stop creating more problems did you can’t stop or correct stop playing with human life DeCicco mosquitoes and virus I just science projects gone wrong keep messing with stupid s*** like that

  28. 325302061192722@facebook.com' Amit Raja says:

    You can buy this shit, yourself.

  29. 153742818341401@facebook.com' Daniel Boof says:

    Than they breed mutate once more and this is how the zombie apocalypse begins

  30. DanieltDonez@hotmail.com' Deandre Terrey says:

    But it is not likely to be granted under current statutes. FDA spokeswoman Theresa Eisenman said there is no fast-track designation for new animal drugs, and emergency-use provisions in the applicable law do not apply to animal drugs.

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