Keys Mosquito Board Delays Vote On GMO Mosquitoes For A Month
Opponents of a plan to release millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys landed a temporary win Tuesday.
The five-member commission of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District voted unanimously to postpone a decision on the experiment for a month in hopes the COVID-19 pandemic situation improves by then.
The experiment is touted by its creator, international biotech company Oxitec, as a tool to eradicate the local population of the invasive Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits deadly diseases like Dengue fever, Zika, chikungunya and yellow fever.
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