Floridians Favor GM Mosquitoes

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Most Floridians favor the use of genetically modified mosquitoes to fight the spread of Zika virus and are significantly more likely to approve of it than people who live outside Florida, the latest Annenberg Science Knowledge (ASK) survey has found.

The release of genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes to fight Zika was favored more widely in Florida than elsewhere in the United States (60 percent vs. 50 percent), according to the survey, conducted by the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) of the University of Pennsylvania.

The survey found that 40 percent of Floridians “strongly favor” the release of the mosquitoes, which are modified so that when they breed their offspring die early, reducing the population. Twenty percent of the Floridians surveyed “somewhat favor” the use of GM mosquitoes, 11 percent “somewhat oppose” it and 19 percent “strongly oppose” it