The project aims to have genetically customized male mosquitoes mate with non-modified females, which are the ones that bite.
” The female offspring of these encounters can not survive, and the population of Aedes aegypti is subsequently managed,” Oxitec stated in a declaration.
Key Largo resident Mara Daly, who has been opposing the project for years, worries that it might damage people and the environment.
“Why do they not perform an easy test to satisfy residents who are forced to be part of this task trial?” Daly asked.
The buzzy project, from British biotech company Oxitec, intends to curb the population of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which can spread diseases such as Zika and dengue fever, The Miami Herald reported.
Some residents oppose the concept.
The modified pests will be placed in 6 locations in the Florida Keys, with some 12,000 expected to emerge every week for the next 12 weeks.
A so-called “death system” would then act to avoid any resulting female offspring from making it through.
British biotech business Oxitec intends to control the population of illness carrying Aedes aegypti mosquitoes by having them mate with modified male mosquitoes.
A genetically modified male Aedes aegypti mosquito will be placed in 6 locations in the Florida Keys.AFP through Getty Images
The project was authorized by the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Sunshine State and the regional mosquito control districts board, according to the Herald.
British biotech company Oxitecs project was authorized by the US Environmental Protection Agency, Florida and the regional mosquito control districts board, reports say.
Thousands of genetically customized mosquitoes have begun to be released in Florida this week as part of an effort to fight a disease-spreading types of the bug.