Florida Lab Rats Fight Back Against Mutant Mosquitoes

Abby Zimet

Residents of Key West, Fla. are fighting a proposal by British company Oxitec to release thousands of genetically modified mosquitoes to fight the native mosquito population in the name of reducing the chances of Dengue fever and thus boosting the tourism industry. But really, leaving out Jurassic Park-ish concerns, what could possibly go wrong?

"Have there been studies of what can happen if someone is bit by one of these mosquitoes?...The Florida Keys is a beautiful place, and it’s my home. We won’t be lab rats just so this company can make money." - Mila de Mier, who started a Change.org petition that has garnered over 100,000 signatures.

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