By Joe Wright
Boy that was quick. Stir up a bit of fear in the media about a disease that is not even proven to be dangerous and what do you get? Several vaccine projects and mutant mosquitoes programmed to mate with Zika-carrying mosquitoes to make them sterile. What could go wrong?
Biotech company Intrexon Corp announced today that its genetically modified mosquito has been deemed safe for the environment in preliminary findings by the FDA.
A genetically engineered mosquito being used in the fight against Zika will not have a significant impact on the environment, the maker Intrexon Corp said, citing preliminary findings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Males of the self-limiting strain of the Aedes aegypti mosquito are modified so their offspring die before being able to reproduce, says Intrexon, a U.S. synthetic biology company.
The FDA findings agree with the draft environmental assessment submitted by Oxitec, the UK unit of Intrexon that developed the mosquito.
When the first alleged Zika cases made headlines, they appeared in a test area where thousands of genetically modified mosquitoes were released. Many speculated that these mutants could be the cause of the mysterious new mosquito-borne disease. No one yet knows the result of releasing these laboratory GMO mutants in the wild.
Many doctors in the affected area attribute the small rise in microcephaly as more likely due to heavy chemical pesticide use in region, not the Zika virus.
What’s more, Zika is said to also be linked to Guillain-Barre syndrome, a potentially paralyzing neurological disorder that is also a well-known side effect of multiple vaccines.
It’s a brilliant scheme especially when you consider that they’re simultaneously getting a boost in public funding to produce more of what may be causing the symptoms of the so-called Zika virus.
“The data seems to be promising in terms of reducing the mosquito populations in those small field trials, but we need to go through our process, and we are greatly expediting the process,” FDA Assistant Commissioner Dr. Luciana Borio told the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on Zika preparedness.
There is currently no deadline to release GMO mosquitoes because there must be time for the public to comment, says Borio.
“We need to give the public an opportunity to comment on the environmental assessment, given the significant attention that this novel technology has generated, especially in the communities for the proposed sites,” Borio said.
Public comment period for GM mosquitoes is announced here.
Say no to releasing genetically modified animals into nature.
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