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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 edesegypt A "The Yellow Fever Mosquito" The genetically modified mosquitoes are proven to be beneficial and should be allowed to be distributed by Oxitec. 50-100 Million Worldwide suffer from Dengue Fever each year It is located in 100+ countries around the world 2.5 Billion people are at risk.There is no cure for Dengue fever with 25,000 deaths a year Dengue Fever What Key West, Florida, is dealing with is the species of mosquito, Aedes Aegypti, that humans have accidentally carried from Africa. The mosquitoes living in Key West, specifically the Aedes Aegypti, have developed a resistance to the pesticides that are sprayed constantly Oxitec, the Company behind GMO Mosquitos released them in Brazil and Cayman Islands "When released in Brazil, 96% of the targeted population of insect was suppressed" An 80% decrease in Aedes Aegypti Population in just 3 Months 80% 96% The cost for pesticidesa year is $800,000 for Key West, Florida, while only costing $200,000 to $400,000 in the GMO Mosquitoes Yes or No to GMO? 43% of people in Key West believe we should introduce the GMO Mosquitos Oxitec claims a 90% decuction inpopulation is possible X X X X X X X X X 0 200000 400000 600000 800000 January Key West, Florida What people are worried is that what will happen if the Aedes Aegypti are eradicated from the ecosystem? Will a new invasive species take over? What will happen to the animals that feed off the mosquitoes ? A very small percentage of mosquitoes, born female, can survive the modification and survive past birth and could bite. More than 130,000 have signed a petition against this experiment on No! Yes! As of now, we wait on the FDA to approve such project, but it lookslike it will be a project that they will allow... the way they are modifying the mosquitoes is WITHOUT the use of radiation, which was the previous method of mutation They also don't bite! Whatever the case, these modified mosquitoes provide benefits to society and should be introduced. They have no downsides, statistically speaking. Research / By Sam Walesky
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