A Visual Guide to Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

cb3fdb31-2898-4d04-a1b339bdd3b5cf84As seasons shift and Zika-related news dwindles in the media, it’s easy to lose sight of what a serious and present threat mosquitoes can pose to public health. However, at this very moment, researchers are virtually wiping out entire mosquito populations in several locations around the globe in an effort to quell the spread of diseases such as Zika and Dengue. And this November, as Scientific American reports in the latest issue, residents of Key Haven, Florida, will vote on whether to allow a new trial involving genetically modified insects to go ahead in their community.

While many similar trials are already completed or ongoing in other states, this would be the first time actual mutant mosquitoes are released in the U.S. Oxitec, the biotech firm pushing for the trial, has previously released GM mosquitoes in various spots throughout Central and South America without causing any negative health effects, but some Key Haven residents remain uncertain about the idea.

Read the full article in Scientific American