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Panic as Millions of GMO Mosquitoes to be Let Loose in Flordia

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Panic as Millions of GMO Mosquitoes to be Let Loose in Flordia

GMO insects to combat Zika Virus

By: Jack Murphy

4th August 2016 @ 12.22pm

Neon Nettle

http://www.neonnettle.com/news/1593-panic-as-
millions-of-gmo-mosquitoes-to-be-let-loose-in-flordia

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http://tinyurl.com/zjk5fcq

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Millions of GMO mosquitoes could now be released into Florida in an attempt to combat the Zika virus. 15 local people have caught the disease from insects in the local area.The Telegraph reports: Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released into the state of Florida to combat Zika virus after 15 people caught the disease from local insects.Congress could decide within weeks to grant an emergency licence to British biotech company Oxitec, which has engineered a line of insects whose offspring are unable to grow to adulthood, and so cannot reproduce.

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The company has already build a lab in the Florida Keys and is just waiting for the green light from the government and health officials.Trials in the Cayman Islands and Brazil have already shown the technique can wipe out up to 96 per cent of dangerous aedes aegypti mosquito and Oxitec believe that the technique could eventually eliminate diseases like Zika, Dengue and Yellow Fever.Oxitec Chief Executive Hadyn Parry who attended a recent Congress hearing and called for emergency use, said they were expecting a decision soon.

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The Zika threat is here and now and there is now local transmission in Florida so that is why I urged Congress to seriously consider emergency use, he said.

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Earlier this week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an unprecedented travel warning of advising pregnant women and their partners not to travel to a small community just north of downtown Miami, where Zika is circulating.On Wednesday, health officials began an aerial insecticide spraying campaign covering 10-miles around the virus hub but it is only likely to kill around one third of the mosquitoes.

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The GM mosquitoes are genetically engineered to have a kill switch gene which is passed to offspring and prevents them reaching maturity. A second genetic alteration causes the pupae to glow in the dark so that scientists can keep track.They were initially released into the town of Piracicaba, near Sao Paolo which has a population of around 5,500 people.

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Secretary of Health in Piracicaba, Dr Pedro Mello, said the trial had been a success and they were planning to expand the release into the main city where the population is around 60,000.Speaking at a briefing in London on Wednesday he said:  There was a neighbourhood where the problems was particularly bad. They started using the Oxitec methodology in the neighbourhood and the results were very significant.In the neighbourhood there was a significant decrease in the number of cases of fever. The method is proven to be a lot more efficient than the method previously used.

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The complete article may be read at the URL above.

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