Genetically Engineered Insects
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MUTANT SILKWORMS SPIN FLUORESCENT SILK IN THREE COLOURS

Genetically Engineered Insects

SUMMARY: "Silkworms in a Japanese lab are busy spinning silks that glow in the dark. But these silkworms, unlike others that have been fed rainbow-coloured dyes, don't need any dietary interventions to spin in colour: they've been genetically engineered to produce fluorescent skeins in shades of red, orange, and green."

GM MOSQUITOES: FLYING THROUGH THE REGULATORY GAPS?

Genetically Engineered Insects

SUMMARY: "In December 2010, 6,000 genetically modified mosquitoes were released in my country, Malaysia. This followed releases of large numbers of mosquitoes engineered with the same modification—a dominant lethal gene—in the Cayman Islands, where over 3.3 million GM mosquitoes were released in 2009 and 2010. Since February 2011, more than 3 million of these mosquitoes were released in the city of Juaziero in northeastern Brazil. The release of these same mosquitoes is currently being considered in the Florida Keys in the United States.

GE mosquito release in Florida (USA) on indefinite hold

Genetically Engineered Insects

SUMMARY: "Mosquito Control’s plan to release genetically altered mosquitoes in Key West as a way to reduce the chances of a dengue-fever recurrence remain on indefinite hold. “At this point, I expect it will be a long time before anything happens,” Doyle said. “Nothing has changed.” The controversial program “will only take place once all necessary regulatory and ethical approvals have been obtained, from regulatory agencies at both federal and state level, based on the results of independent, rigorous, scientific review,” the district says in a statement.

Fly away with transgenic mosquitos

Genetically Engineered Insects

Brazil | Rio de Janeiro | July 2012

Advertising is the soul of the business. The transgene industry knows it and drives the old adage into the ground. The latest path to redemption, in Brazil, answers to the name of transgenic mosquitos.

GE BUG MAKES FLORIDIANS PART OF OXITEC’S GRAND EXPERIMENT

Genetically Engineered Insects

SUMMARY: "”We cannot stress strongly enough how dangerously misguided this application is. Oxitec hopes to use the neighborhoods and precious ecosystem of the Keys as their private, for-profit laboratory. The shame of it is, the company has no evidence the GE mosquitoes will even work in their stated aim of controlling Dengue fever. This feels much more like Oxitec testing its living, breeding technology than a serious attempt to control disease, and the people of Florida deserve protection.”"

Statement from Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food & Water Watch

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