translated from Spanish: Usa. U.S. to release genetically modified mosquitoes to fight dengue

The main idea of the experiment is to radically eliminate the population of Aedes Aegypti, a dengue-transmitting mosquito, Zika, chikungunya and malaria. What is expected is that mosquitoes that are genetically modified and have changed their sex. That is, they were female, and now they are males to decrease the mosquito population as they will not be able to reproduce. Initially this same trial was conducted in Brazil, in the city of Jacobina, it gave satisfactory results and seemed to work, but after 18 months the region was re-populated with mosquitoes transmitting the disease. On the other hand in the US the experiment carried out by Oxitec, is not well seen by society as they do not want to be taken as “guinea pigs” and have already collected 240 thousand signatures so that the project does not take place. In addition, claims were made in which they accused the firm of manipulating the American population to conduct their mutant mosquito experiments. The director of the International Center for Technology Assessment and the Center for Food Security, Jaydee Hanson, told Forbes magazine that “with all the urgent crises facing our nation and the state of Florida as the Covid-19 pandemic, racial injustice and climate change, the administration allocated government dollars and resources” for the experiment commonly known as “Jurassic Park.”  Showing in this way the discontent with the project, which has already been tested and did not work for the Latin American country. 

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