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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Genetically modified mosquitoes 'may put human health and environment at risk'

GM mosquitoes created by a British laboratory could thrive in the wild to pose a risk to human health and the environment, it is claimed today.

The warning comes from GM critics and is based on the release of details from a study commissioned by the company involved, Oxitec.

The Oxford-based firm has dismissed the claims as ‘scaremongering’. However they will alarm the public and raise serious questions about the future of the technology.

The firm has developed a technique to genetically modify a range of insects with the aim of protecting human health and boosting food crop yields.

Generally, this involves inserting a lethal gene into males of the insects, which are released to mate with females in the wild with the result that any offspring die.

Oxitec has developed a GM mosquito which is designed to reduce the wild population in areas where they are responsible for passing on dengue fever to humans.

Experimental releases have already taken place in the Cayman Islands, Malaysia and Brazil, while there are plans to repeat this in the holiday hot spot of the Florida Keys and Singapore. Read More