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GMO Mosquitos Move A Step Close To Florida Testing

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James Gathany
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a trial of genetically engineered mosquitos designed to reduce the number of the bugs that transmit Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya. Oxitec CEO Hadyn Parry says the next step is a local referendum in November.

“So we will of course wait for that referendum before we go ahead, respecting the outcome that may have,” Parry says.

If the outcome of the referendum is positive, Oxitec will begin a trial of its mosquitos in the Florida keys. Parry says he thinks the U-S government should considering an emergency use regulatory program so that technology like Oxitec’s can be implemented more quickly.

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Regan McCarthy is the Assistant News Director for WFSU Public Media. Before coming to Tallahassee, Regan graduated with honors from Indiana University’s Ernie Pyle School of Journalism. She worked for several years for NPR member station WFIU in Bloomington, Ind., where she covered local and state government and produced feature and community stories.

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