Event Title

Are GMO mosquitoes the solution to the Zika crisis?

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Mario Perez

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GC 243

Start Date

29-3-2017 3:00 PM

End Date

29-3-2017 4:00 PM

Session

Workshop

Abstract

Genetically modified mosquitoes: Coming soon to a neighborhood near you How much do you really know about the risks and benefits of releasing GMO mosquitoes? “Are GMO mosquitoes the solution to the pending Zika crisis?”

A public debate presented by the 2017 FIU Biological Sciences QBIC Science Café

Moderator - Renata Gallegos

In favor of: Mariluz Soula, Aymun Ahmed and Thomas Spencer

Against: Brian Ho, Paola Martinez and Gabrial Arias

Specific topics: What are the benefits of releasing genetically modified mosquitoes? Or are genetically modified mosquitoes better or worse than other forms of prevention? How much of a problem is insecticide resistance? Is South Florida the best location for releasing genetically modified mosquitoes to combat Zika virus? Vector-borne diseases have re-emerged in areas where GMOs, especially those that transmit the lethal gene, have successfully removed/reduced mosquito populations. This implies GMOs will need to be released continuously in order to prevent re-emergence. Are there any evolutionary or ecological risks or implications to using GMO mosquitoes? Genetic modification could become monopolized and cost can go up, or Will Oxitex be another “Monsanto? Is it ethical to expose people to GMO mosquitoes? Can horizontal gene transfer prompt an unprecedented effect on the current fauna/ flora where the expected GMO mosquitoes are to be released? Will female wild mosquitoes evolve to avoid mating with GMO male mosquitoes? Who will pay for the GMO mosquitoes here in the United States and Abroad? How much would you pay for a mosquito?

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Are GMO mosquitoes the solution to the Zika crisis?

GC 243

Genetically modified mosquitoes: Coming soon to a neighborhood near you How much do you really know about the risks and benefits of releasing GMO mosquitoes? “Are GMO mosquitoes the solution to the pending Zika crisis?”

A public debate presented by the 2017 FIU Biological Sciences QBIC Science Café

Moderator - Renata Gallegos

In favor of: Mariluz Soula, Aymun Ahmed and Thomas Spencer

Against: Brian Ho, Paola Martinez and Gabrial Arias

Specific topics: What are the benefits of releasing genetically modified mosquitoes? Or are genetically modified mosquitoes better or worse than other forms of prevention? How much of a problem is insecticide resistance? Is South Florida the best location for releasing genetically modified mosquitoes to combat Zika virus? Vector-borne diseases have re-emerged in areas where GMOs, especially those that transmit the lethal gene, have successfully removed/reduced mosquito populations. This implies GMOs will need to be released continuously in order to prevent re-emergence. Are there any evolutionary or ecological risks or implications to using GMO mosquitoes? Genetic modification could become monopolized and cost can go up, or Will Oxitex be another “Monsanto? Is it ethical to expose people to GMO mosquitoes? Can horizontal gene transfer prompt an unprecedented effect on the current fauna/ flora where the expected GMO mosquitoes are to be released? Will female wild mosquitoes evolve to avoid mating with GMO male mosquitoes? Who will pay for the GMO mosquitoes here in the United States and Abroad? How much would you pay for a mosquito?

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