Genetically modified mosquitoes may soon be released in Florida

Nobody likes to be bitten by mosquitos. But few people will attempt to deny the important role mosquitos play in the ecosystem. But all of that may change soon. You see, a private company has genetically modified the mosquito to self destruct much of their own population through breeding with a death gene.

The problem is that some municipalities may be so uneducated that they are willing to gamble on the outcome in attempt to reduce the pesty mosquito population. In fact, the Florida Keys may be the first U.S. test site.

If approved, the release of GM mosquitos in Key West will represent the first ever release of a GM creature in the U.S., and on a trial basis where scientists really have no idea what will happen. Like all other GMOs, it is unknown whether or not the GM mosquitos will have a detrimental effect on the environment or humans, or how killing of large amounts of mosquitos will disrupt the life cycles of natural ecosystems.

My family was supposed to attend a camping trip to the Florida Keys next month with the Cub Scouts. However, I don’t want to make my family part of this genetic experiment. I wonder how many others will change their travel plans in light of this recent news. The Florida Keys just might have an unforeseen and unfortunate loss of tourism dollars directly related to their experiment.

What are your thoughts about this?