Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Tell the FDA What You Fear More: Zika, or GMO Mosquitoes?

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Tell the FDA What You Fear More: Zika, or GMO Mosquitoes?

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MIAMI * What are you more afraid of, the Zika virus or genetically engineered insects being released in the wild?

You have until the end of Friday to make your opinion known as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration considers whether to approve an effort to kill the disease-carrying mosquitoes by releasing genetically engineered insects in Florida.

The biotech firm Oxitec plans to release nonbiting male mosquitoes that have been modified to produce offspring that don't survive. Researchers believe that within a few generations, this should sharply reduce the mosquito population.

Scientists have weighed in on both sides in the nearly 1,300 comments viewable online so far. Fear is a common theme, but there's a split over what people find more frightening: genetic engineering, or birth defects linked to Zika. …

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