I think that Terry Pratchett once said that we are already living in the science fiction universe. He can not be more accurate since the methods we are using to overcome major problems and diseases of today.
FDA released the 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.
This is not the last problem of Oxitec since they have to win the approval of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District. Although past surveys have shown the project is well supported, there are still people who fear that removing Aedes aegypti mosquitoes could have environment impacts. Of course, there are some of them who are into conspiracy theories with more imaginative objections.
Let's meet this Oxitec's Zika killers. These mosquitos have two copies of the baby-mosquito killing genes. Using this method, Oxitec claims that mosquitoes population in South America was reduced by 90% showing it as a proof of who humans control nature.
The FDA's approval is 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 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.
The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District spends $1 million a year fighting the Aedes aegypti, only succeeding in controlling 30 to 60 percent of the population with insecticide. While it’s true that scientists can’t be certain about the environmental impacts the trial will have, the methods currently being tested are unlikely to halt Zika’s spread.
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