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Cicadas, Shmicadas: Florida Is Releasing Thousands Of Genetically Modified Mosquitos05:33
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A Biologist releases genetically modified mosquitoes in Brazil. (Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
A Biologist releases genetically modified mosquitoes in Brazil. (Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)

Officials in the Florida Keys are in the midst of a first-of-its-kind experiment: hatching tens of thousands of genetically modified mosquitos and releasing them into the wild.

The federally approved project is co-run by the UK-based biotechnology firm Oxitec and aims to kill the Aedes aegypti species, which can carry Zika, dengue, yellow fever and other diseases. But scientists and residents have concerns.

Here & Now's Tonya Mosley speaks with Andrea Leal, executive director of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, about the project.

This segment aired on June 16, 2021.

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