(ABC NEWS) Genetically modified mosquitoes that could help to fight the spread of the Zika virus may soon be released in a Florida community following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's final assessment showing that a field test of the insects would have "no significant impact" on the environment.
The FDA decision released today means that Oxitec, the British biotechnology company that produces the GMO mosquitoes, is one step closer to releasing them for a field test in the small community of Key Haven, Florida.
The company has created genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, the same insects that transmit Zika virus. The GMO variety passes on genetic traits to their offspring that cause them to die in the wild.
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