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Inside One Company’s Wild Plan to Fight Zika
with Mutant Killer Mosquitoes

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Inside One Company’s Wild Plan to Fight Zika
with Mutant Killer Mosquitoes

By Daniel Rivero

Updated 8/5/2016 9:49 a.m.

Fusion

http://fusion.net/story/333629/ genetically-modified-mosquitoes-zika-oxitec/

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A shorter URL for the above link:

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http://tinyurl.com/ht2fg8s

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Update: On August 5, 2016, the FDA announced that it agrees with Oxitecs environmental assessment that the release of genetically modified mosquitoes in a proposed field trial will not have significant impacts on the environment. Oxitec still has to make sure other federal, state and local requirements are met, including winning the approval of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District. But the move marks a significant step forward in the process.

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What better way to fight a swarm of Zika-carrying mosquitoes than by creating a pack of genetically modified killer mosquitoes to infiltrate them and bring entire colonies to their death?

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This is not the plot of a wild sci-fi movie. Its something that could really happen. The idea of mosquito control through genetic manipulation has been studied by the World Health Organization, and now Oxitec, a biotech company that focuses on insect control, is trying to get the Food and Drug Administration to approve a mutant-mosquito plan it wants to use to tackle the Zika virus.

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The plan, which has been proposed amid the first major Zika outbreak in the U.S., would call for the release of thousands of genetically engineered mosquitoes into the affected areas of Miami and greater South Florida.

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During a press conference in London yesterday, Andrew McKemey, Oxitecs head of field operations, told reporters that the firm is waiting for approval for a field test of the technology.

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We expect a decision [from the FDA] any minute now, McKemey said. Weve already built a laboratory there [in Florida]  a mass production unit  so we could start immediately.

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The FDAs schedule isnt exactly as speedy as McKemey made it out to be (last year, it approved the first genetically modified animal for eating after a 20-year process), but things are moving ahead. Earlier this year, the agency issued a preliminary finding that releasing the mosquitoes into the wild would have no significant impact on the environment or public health. The final stamp of approval will take some time, Theresa Eisenman, a press officer for the FDA, told me.

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While we cannot speculate on a timeframe for completing the environmental review for the proposed field trial, please note that this is a top priority for the FDA, she wrote in an email.

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Additionally, the proposal would have to get approval from local authorities in order to be implemented.

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A non-binding vote on the release of GMO mosquitoes was set to take place at the end of the month in the Florida Keys, but was pushed back to the November election.

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A recent survey of residents of Key Haven, one of the locations where the experiment would take place, found residents largely disapproved of the idea, citing concerns to public safety with GMO mosquitoes.

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The complete article may be read at the URL above.

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More about Mosquitoes and the Zika Virus FROM Net-Gold

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