First GMO Mosquitoes to be Released in the Florida Keys

The EPA approved Oxitec’s mosquitoes for release this spring. Some scientists and locals want to halt the deployment.

This spring, the biotechnology company Oxitec plans to release genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes in the Florida Keys. Oxitec says its technology will combat dengue fever, a potentially life-threatening disease, and other mosquito-borne viruses — such as Zika — mainly transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito.