According to the company, this is about solutions to biological pest control. According to Oxytech, the release of the hatched mosquito has been shown to be beneficial to beneficial insects such as bees and butterflies and to control the Aedes aegypti mosquito that has invaded communities in Florida, California and other US states.
In California, the mosquito has been spreading rapidly to more than 20 counties in the state since its discovery in 2013, increasing the risk of spreading dengue, chikungunya, Zika, yellow fever and other diseases.
So millions of handled mosquitoes will be released soon. Not everyone is waiting for this manipulated mosquito test. “Once released into the environment, genetically engineered mosquitoes cannot be reclaimed,” said Robert Gold, head of San Francisco Bay Physicians for Social Responsibility. “Since there are no local cases of dengue or Zika virus in California, this test is unnecessary and dangerous.”
In 2019 a similar test was conducted in Brazil. There, many mosquitoes survived on the embedded mosquito protein. The mosquito problem has become even more acute.
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