GENETICALLY MODIFIED MOSQUITOES COULD BE RELEASED IN FLORIDA AND TEXAS BEGINNING THIS SUMMER – SILVER BULLET OR JUMPING THE GUN? | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

GENETICALLY MODIFIED MOSQUITOES COULD BE RELEASED IN FLORIDA AND TEXAS BEGINNING THIS SUMMER – SILVER BULLET OR JUMPING THE GUN?

Time to reassess risk assessment?

However, it is difficult to assess how EPA regulators weighed and considered public comments and how much of the evidence used in final risk determinations was provided solely by the technology developers.

The closed nature of this risk assessment process is concerning to us.

There is a potential bias and conflict of interest when experimental trials and assessments of ecological risk lack political accountability and are performed by, or in close collaboration with, the technology developers.

This scenario becomes more troubling with a for-profit technology company when cost- and risk-benefit analyses comparing GM mosquitoes to other approaches aren’t being conducted.

Another concern is that risk assessments tend to focus on only a narrow set of biological parameters – such as the potential for the GM mosquito to transmit disease or the potential of the mosquitoes’ new proteins to trigger an allergic response in people – and neglect other important biological, ethical and social considerations.

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