March 7, 2021

FLORIDA: Key Haven residents vote against mosquito test

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By Terry Roen Residents of Key Haven voted decisively against a referendum to allow genetically modified mosquitoes to be released in a test to control the spread of Zika virus, while residents of Monroe County voted to approve the test. The vote is non-binding and the district’s board of commissioners will have the final say on […]

Doctor proposes Key Haven nasal swabs if GM mosquitoes released

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BY KATIE ATKINS From FLKEWSNEWS The motto of many Key Haven residents when it comes to the possible release of genetically modified mosquitoes in the Lower Keys neighborhood is “no consent,” meaning they don’t consent to a release. A Key West doctor, though, wants consent — to monitor some Key Haven residents’ health over several […]

Violence begets violence

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MY LIFE IN KEY WEST From KEW WEST LOU Dallas last night. St. Anthony and Baton Rouge a few days earlier. Multiple black killings by police officers the past several years. You know the facts. I want to share a few sayings that from my perspective apply to the Dallas killings: Violence begets violence. For […]

US: Majority of Key Haven survey respondents oppose GMO mosquito test

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By NANCY KLINGENER From WLRN Miami, South Florida A survey of households in Key Haven, the neighborhood proposed for the first U.S. trial of genetically modified mosquitoes, found a majority of respondents opposed to the test. Researchers from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore sent surveys to every household in the […]

Genetically modified mosquitoes to battle disease-carrying bugs closer to approval

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By William Axford From KeysInfoNet Genetically modified mosquitoes created to decrease the number of disease-carrying mosquitoes in the Lower Keys could be released by the spring, officials say. Scientists from Oxitec, a British company that has released genetically modified mosquitoes in the Cayman Islands and Brazil, have built a rearing facility at the Florida Keys […]