July 11, 2012
A British company that has developed a genetically modified mosquito to resist the spread of dengue fever is coming up against growing opposition to a plan to release the insects into the Florida Keys.
A Change.org petition started by a woman in Key West opposing the release has garnered almost 90,000 signatures and rising. “Say no to genetically modified mosquitoes release,” the petition demands.
“We need more data. If something goes wrong the consequences could be catastrophic not only for humans but also the whole ecosystem, and I don’t want my family being used as laboratory rats for this,” de Mier told the Guardian.
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