Genetic modification was a hot topic for discussion some decades ago. Some believed that it would never happen, while others were sure it would exist.
People also debated whether genetically modifying things would be moral. As you would expect, everyone had varying opinions.
Genetic modification has become a reality, and if what the experts are saying is true, it could indeed change the world for better or worse. Let us hope it is the former. Mosquitoes have become the latest target of these experiments.
A renowned American company named Oxitec recently received a permit from the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) to free their genetically enhanced mosquitoes.
The agency mainly instructed them to release these creatures in the wild.
What Was The Reason For Creating These Mosquitoes
People had mixed reactions when they heard an organization that modifies mosquitoes and plans to release them in the wild.
Most of them did not understand the reason for letting these creatures out in the open. The news also became viral on the internet, and people speculated whether it is a malicious experiment.
However, Oxitec cleared things up by informing people about its intentions.
The organization genetically modified massive batches of mosquitoes to help people.
How? When released, these insects would undo the effects of mosquito-related diseases such as chikungunya, dengue and malaria, etc.
Oxitec planned to let these creatures out earlier, but virtually every state in the U.S did not grant the organization permission.
It had to wait and fight for several years. While Oxitec was trying to convince the government, it performed several other experiments ensuring that these mosquitoes were safe and did their intended job.
What Is Oxitec’s Plan
After getting approval from the United States government, Oxitec intends to release these creatures in Texas and Florida.
An official from this company claims that letting these mosquitoes out in these areas will help them travel and spread across the country.