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Genetically modified mosquito trial in Keys could begin this year, company scientist says

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A British company could begin releasing genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys sometime this year, a scientist with the company said this week. Simon Warner, the chief scientist at Oxitec, said the company is hopeful it can begin its genetically modified mosquito trial in Monroe County this year. The trial, which has been in the works for years, will mark the company’s first trial in the United States. But Warner said the company has also been in discussions with…

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Let Florida use Frankenskeeters, lawmakers tell feds

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A throng of Democratic and Republican state House members — 61 in all — are asking the federal government to let Florida deploy genetically modified mosquitoes in the battle against the Zika virus. “This modified mosquito, developed by the company Oxitec, has proven exceptionally effective,” said their letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, also signed by Republican Speaker-designate Richard Corcoran and Democratic Leader-designate Janet Cruz. Where the insects have been used, they “reduced the target mosquito population by 90 percent without harming either…

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