Many Americans Support Using GM Mosquitoes to Fight Zika

53% favor having scientists release genetically modified mosquitoes to minimize the spread of the Zika virus

The survey is the sixth in a series on Zika and its health, policy and behavioral implications from The Annenberg Science Knowledge (ASK); Surveys conducted by SSRS

“A little more than half of U.S. adults (53 percent) favor having scientists release genetically modified mosquitoes to minimize the spread of the Zika virus, according to a new survey by the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) of the University of Pennsylvania. Twenty-nine percent oppose it.”

The Annenberg Science Knowledge (ASK) survey was conducted March 16-20, only days after the Food and Drug Administration tentatively approved a field trial in Key Haven, Fla., of genetically engineered (GE) or genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes. The genetically modified male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are modified so that their larvae do not grow into adults.