STATES CHRONICLE – The trial bound to fight against Zika virus was approved for the development of genetically edited mosquitoes. On November 19, the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District has authorized the trial which proposed the designing of genetically modified mosquitoes which will be bound to attack the mosquitoes carrying Zika, Dengue, and Chikungunya.
Earlier this year, the US Food and Drug Administration approved the testing of this project by the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District. The Aedes aegypti mosquitoes infected with Zika need to be combated by the genetically altered ones to determine the extinguishing of the Zika disease. This desperate measure was considered to be a suitable solution to obliterate the illness which had terrified so many people.
Everyone living in the affected countries is scared for their health and their relatives who are exposed to this outrageous disease that apparently has no cure. Some other residents do not believe that the genetically engineered mosquitoes will accomplish their task successfully. Thus they did not approve the new project. The release of these helpful mosquitoes was blocked in the US.
Apparently, a lot of people do not see this project as the savior solution, opposing to the developing of the new type of mosquitoes. In the ballot from November 8th, there were a lot of inhabitants from Kew West who were not a hundred percent confident that scientists will use them in a constructive way, probably believing that GMOs will only help the spreading of the disease instead of prevent it.
In Monroe County, approximately 58% of the residents have approved with the developing of the new project bound to save the population from the Zika virus. However, 65% of the people of Key Haven has denied the trial. Jill Cranney-Gage, who is a commissioner responsible for representing Key West, has argued that the new project is a tool to control the outrageous number of Zika mosquitoes which keep affecting the population. Scientists’ primary purpose is to develop this tool which will be prone to save and protect all the residents.
Phil Goodman, the chairman of the board of commissioners of the district, has claimed that if the trial gets to be approved by the council, them they will choose another site to conduct the experiment, due to the fact that Key Haven inhabitants had opposed the trial.
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