750 Million Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes Ready To Invade Florida Keys

  • Forget about murder hornets. More than 750 million genetically engineered mosquitoes are preparing to invade the Florida Keys.
  • Unlike their stinger-clad counterparts, the mosquitoes have the blessings of local authorities, who are releasing the insects to help control their deadly cousins, known as Aedes aegypoti, according to the Monroe County Mosquito Control District. Aedes aegypoti are known to carry an assortment of potentially fatal diseases, such as Zika, dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever, experts say.
  • The government mosquitoes, named OX5034, have been genetically modified to produce female offspring that die in the larval stage, meaning only males will survive. Only females feed on blood, which is how they spread disease. However, not everyone is on board with the effort. Jaydee Hanson, policy director for a local safety group, calls the plan "a Jurassic Park experiment."