When it comes to science, and the cutting edge of what we believe is acceptable, there has long been a raging debate over whether other we’re playing God when we tamper in the realm of genetics.
That’s because, for many, our DNA represents the blueprint of our entire being, given to us by whatever designer we happen to believe in. To deny the reality of that inherent set of traits seems to fly in the face of the way the universe was built to work.
That hasn’t seemed to bother scientists in Florida, however, as they prepare to release thousands of genetically modified mosquitoes within The Sunshine State.
The Florida Keys will this week see the release of genetically modified, non-biting male mosquito larvae as part of a controversial program designed to curb the spread of insect-borne diseases such as dengue, Zika and yellow fever.
The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District and British firm biotech Oxitec announced last week that 12,000 of the invasive Aedes aegypti mosquito species are expected to emerge each week for twelve weeks from six locations: two on Cudjoe Key, one on Ramrod Key and three on Vaca Key.
Even more concerning is the fact that this is far from the full intent of the program, with hundreds of millions of mosquitoes set to possibly be released in the coming years.
Social media users were more than alarmed.
What could possibly go wrong? ⚠️🙄⚠️ “Florida set to release swarms of GMO mosquitoes as residents decry ‘criminal experiment’ by Bill Gates-backed biotech” https://t.co/QrI2vq0cmc #
— P Scott Cummins on Parler: @pscottc (@pscottc) April 28, 2021
instead of just getting rid of mosquitoes which serve no purpose except to spread disease we’re releasing a new gmo mosquito that doesn’t bite.. ok then
— brent (@brentrctid) April 28, 2021
@GovRonDeSantis this shouldn’t be allowed to happen. Please put an end to this. Genetically modified mosquitoes are going to have negative effects on the environment and humans. #florida #nature #gmo #environment https://t.co/5N47WanYp2
— Add your name (@drewawerd1) April 28, 2021
And while the GMO mosquitoes will not bite, they do appear to be ready, willing, and able to mate with “natural” insects already living in Florida, producing offspring that would be unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.