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Why Is Florida Releasing 750 Million GMO Mosquitoes?

The U.S. EPA recently gave the green light to release millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys. Why are they doing this, and what are the potential risks?
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In May 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency gave the go ahead to release hundreds of millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys.

Mosquitoes are considered the deadliest animals in the world-they carry a variety of diseases including but not limited to malaria and yellow fever. Mosquitoes cause hundreds of thousands of deaths each year as a result of their bites.

One mosquito species in particular, Aedes aegypti, can spread several diseases like dengue, zika, and yellow fever and is considered a serious threat to public health.

So why would anyone in their right mind what to purposefully release hundreds of these into the world?

Find out in this Elements.

#mosquito #gmo #EPA #florida #science #environment #seeker #elements

Read More:
Florida mosquitoes: 750 million genetically modified insects to be released
"The green-lighting of a pilot project after years of debate drew a swift outcry from environmental groups, who warned of unintended consequences. One group condemned the plan as a public 'Jurassic Park experiment'."
Study on DNA spread by genetically modified mosquitoes prompts backlash
"A team of independent researchers analyzing an early trial of Oxitec’s technology is raising alarm-and drawing fire from the firm-with a report that some offspring of the GM mosquitoes survived and produced offspring that also made it to sexual maturity."
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"We squash mosquitoes with our enormous hands. We poison-bomb them from spray trucks and airplanes. We irradiate them, drain their habitats, breed them experimentally in laboratories to confound their DNA."
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  1. Imperial Leather

    Imperial Leather

    4 uur geleden


  2. shakeel Ahmed

    shakeel Ahmed

    8 uur geleden

    What will happen if mosquito bites humans passing gene to humans killing human female

  3. foldingwishes


    9 uur geleden

    Finally 2020 will turn around for the better

  4. Filium


    12 uur geleden

    Florida man bitten by mutant mosquitoes turns into floridzilla

  5. washingtonstromtrooper


    13 uur geleden

    It even passed in Texas during the same time. And only reason it was passed is because of covid

  6. Afzal Roomy

    Afzal Roomy

    13 uur geleden

    Release them on Trump



    14 uur geleden

    Seeing genetics being used in such creative ways to counter problems is always so interesting

  8. taith2


    18 uur geleden

    I wonder if would be possible to create male mosquito that 99% of next generation would become males, drastically cutting reproductivity.

  9. Captain Voluntaryist The Statist Slayer

    Captain Voluntaryist The Statist Slayer

    19 uur geleden

    A GMO mosquito bites a farmer. Mosquitoman.

  10. DeathBySeaToast


    20 uur geleden

    Watch the conspiracy nuts go wild thinking that the mosquitos are injecting viral dna into our blood and giving us covid.

  11. ishtar0077


    21 uur geleden

    How many decades of research did they do???? Oh only years not decades. It will have changes which changes...we will find out in 15yrs

  12. sridhar damnit

    sridhar damnit

    22 uur geleden

    I think it's not a good solution

  13. kaio0777


    Dag geleden

    Florida it the worst word there just saying

  14. Jayesh Ghagare

    Jayesh Ghagare

    Dag geleden

    Just imagine if mosquito can spread HIV

  15. MrWildbill47


    Dag geleden

    I have been ok with GMO crops but I have to admit I am still a little worried doing in far more complex things like insects. The problem I see is that with mosquitoes there is no way to recall them as in the case of seed we can plow under the bad crop and we control the location and use of the seeds.

  16. Controversial Chris

    Controversial Chris

    Dag geleden

    Well covid is going really well so why not play god a bit more

  17. MrProfGenius


    Dag geleden

    Like what Ian Malcolm just said: "Life will find a way".

  18. pissywits pissywits

    pissywits pissywits

    Dag geleden

    if we have pint size mosquitoes in 6 years than they failed.

  19. Avyan Shang

    Avyan Shang

    Dag geleden

    How did they identify each mosquito gender?

  20. Helaman Gile

    Helaman Gile

    Dag geleden

    So could we call this sexism on a massive scale

  21. Helaman Gile

    Helaman Gile

    Dag geleden

    The scariest word Florida almost gave me a heart attack

  22. Dragonrabbit


    Dag geleden

    i've been waiting for this to actually happen for years now. pesticides are bad news for people's health and this seems like it could really help the world rid itself of some diseases.

  23. Brad Sanchez

    Brad Sanchez

    Dag geleden

    2:35 - * SJWs shrieking *

  24. Nana Anti

    Nana Anti

    Dag geleden

    At this point 2020 is just a social experiment

  25. Aurelius Vincent

    Aurelius Vincent

    Dag geleden

    Finally, a step in the right direction!!



    Dag geleden

    Mosquitos are very important to the ecosystem. We shouldn’t be trying to kill off all the mosquitos on earth.

    • Shay Mary

      Shay Mary

      10 uur geleden

      @CHINESE HITLER Exactly. Even ants! When they ever come in too much # in my house, & I spray them in hopes they'd vanish, I get deeply sad knowing I ruined the poor critters lives bc IDK how to save them that way. But when I see 1 here & there & even outside, I try to step over them to avoid stepping on them. I also quit killing flies in hopes they'd leave me alone if in my house! Gnats tho, they agitate me too much. But if outside, I just shoo them away from me!!!



      10 uur geleden

      @Shay Mary It’s amazing how something so small, and so annoying, is as greatly important to the earth.

    • Shay Mary

      Shay Mary

      11 uur geleden

      @CHINESE HITLER Thx for the quick reply! I asked bc I never understood what the pt of them were amongst some other critters, including flies & gnats. But tho I'd wonder why, I'd also know they exist for a reason but never knew what.



      12 uur geleden

      @Shay Mary Population control, there are many species of animals that rely on mosquitos for most of their diet. Thousands of fish species need mosquito larvae to survive. It’s their main diet source. Also, humans are already over populated. If we keep making it easier for humans to live, the human population will continue to explode causing food shortages, famines, mass poverty, and other unsavory things.

    • Shay Mary

      Shay Mary

      12 uur geleden

      How are they important to the ecosystem?

  27. Anish Prasad

    Anish Prasad

    Dag geleden

    What happens if the males became hermaphrodites by evolution due to near extinction ?

  28. Jonathan H.C.

    Jonathan H.C.

    2 dagen geleden

    Sounds like benefits outweigh the risks!

  29. audiofunkdialect


    2 dagen geleden

    Why don’t they increase the predators that eat them?

  30. Silver Scythe

    Silver Scythe

    2 dagen geleden

    Some foreshadowing for 2021 lol.

  31. PPS


    2 dagen geleden

    You forgot about China-Virus.

  32. Jewel Haines

    Jewel Haines

    2 dagen geleden

    I lived in Tavernier Florida for 4 years. I loved it.

  33. chris L

    chris L

    2 dagen geleden

    Wow the only time the male species is seen as valued lmfao!

  34. hung well

    hung well

    2 dagen geleden

    Ahhhhh HELL!!!!!!! The last time they came up with a bug to counter mosquitos, they gave us lovevbugs. A useless creature that can turn your windshield black in minutes.

  35. Rex Longfellow

    Rex Longfellow

    2 dagen geleden

    Hehe "buzz" words

  36. Jay Grows

    Jay Grows

    2 dagen geleden

    Dude legit... looks like he just earned his red wings. 🤢🤮🤢🤮

  37. Donald Sayers

    Donald Sayers

    2 dagen geleden

    Why? If people get disease from mosquitoes it's their fault because they choose to live in damp places and anyway it's not as bad as the flu which kills more people and people should take responsibility for killing their own mosquitoes and not relying on the nanny state to kill them and do it for them and if they get good jobs with health insurance then they would be looked after. And anyway this is a socialist plot, these GM mosquitoes will bite you and inject nanobots that will track you with 5G and melt your mind and turn you Democrat... Did I miss anything?

  38. john ellis

    john ellis

    2 dagen geleden

    2020: at the end of the year I'm getting rid of all the mosquitoes Everyone going through 2020: but at what cost?!?

  39. C G

    C G

    2 dagen geleden

    Feminists will be angry in Florida😂😂

  40. Mike MiZeRy#1

    Mike MiZeRy#1

    2 dagen geleden

    So we learned nothing from all the babies born deformed from monostato or whateva the company in South America name was so now we taking cues from the same monastato I don’t how to spell the company name but babies missing half the skull seems like u wouldn’t wanna cause this again wtf am I wrong

  41. Mike Powers

    Mike Powers

    2 dagen geleden

    Be careful guys I went to walk my dog in Florida and one bit me in my Ancle and a few days later my whole foot and ankle was all swollen! It transmitted a bacterial infection to me so I had to be on antibiotics for 2 weeks to make sure I was ok.

  42. Lisandro Reynoso

    Lisandro Reynoso

    2 dagen geleden

    Maybe you could move the script closer to the camera lens so we don't realize you are actually reading everything

  43. treborobotacon


    2 dagen geleden

    The things we don't understand are the scariest. Cellphone signals, vaccines, chemicals. But these things are tested thousands of times and proven safe. How many times do you need to prove something is safe before the uneducated quit saying it needs more testing? The answer: They never will.

  44. john may

    john may

    2 dagen geleden

    should just do what the Asians do, large amounts of dragon flies that eat the mosquito.

  45. myat lin aung

    myat lin aung

    2 dagen geleden

    Deadly for Florida man

  46. ricecristi


    2 dagen geleden

    If other creatures eat the mosquitos, will it negatively affect them?

  47. Terra Deus

    Terra Deus

    3 dagen geleden

    Nature...uh, finds a way.

  48. Mario Nišandžić

    Mario Nišandžić

    3 dagen geleden

    If I am not mistaken, birds eat mosquitoes. So could this negatively reflect on that?

  49. thousand points of light

    thousand points of light

    3 dagen geleden

    i would be willing to wager that the EPA can't think of or see all the compound problems that can and will occur from a move like this. best of intentions lead us to hell, EPA is taking us to hell, mark my words.

  50. Jagielski Gaming

    Jagielski Gaming

    3 dagen geleden

    Killing females? How unfeministic of them.

  51. Monkey FunkR

    Monkey FunkR

    3 dagen geleden

    Might as well end 2020 with the annoying buzz of mutant mosquitos.

  52. Outside The Box

    Outside The Box

    3 dagen geleden

    Gmo mosquitoes... Sponsored by Disney...

  53. Abhishek Chatterjee

    Abhishek Chatterjee

    3 dagen geleden

    We need these genetic mosquitoes in India also...

  54. Hassan Rasheid

    Hassan Rasheid

    3 dagen geleden

    What could go wrong? www.gmo.news/2019-09-18-gmo-mosquito-experiment-goes-horribly-wrong.html

    • Hassan Rasheid

      Hassan Rasheid

      18 uur geleden

      @Mrsylerpowers Studies by the company conducting the experiment, Obviously they would defend it, who are you going to Believe Yale University or these guys?

    • Mrsylerpowers


      2 dagen geleden

      If you read the article that you posted. The same thing that is referenced there is what is address in the video at 3:20 . Saying other studies have refuted that study.

  55. S Boloshis

    S Boloshis

    3 dagen geleden

    Like the Zika mosquitos in Brazil!! Yeah cool, good luck Florida.

  56. The Naturalist

    The Naturalist

    3 dagen geleden

    Island of Doctor Moreau, any one?

  57. Head Banger

    Head Banger

    3 dagen geleden

    Well as much as anyone freaks out with GMO (me included), they could be real heroes if they can manage something with the mosquito Anopheles gambiae that’s responsible for making malaria the biggest killer on the planet.

  58. John M

    John M

    3 dagen geleden

    Does this have something to do with Hunter Biden emails to oxytec ?

  59. The Nerd King!

    The Nerd King!

    3 dagen geleden

    So, instead of making them extinct, we genetically make more of them so they can potentially bite someone and they can turn into *Mosquito Man!*

  60. Jason Enns

    Jason Enns

    3 dagen geleden

    I think Oxitec has had too much research.

  61. Domenico Migliorini

    Domenico Migliorini

    3 dagen geleden

    let's get rid of them !!!!!

  62. Ajeet Singh

    Ajeet Singh

    3 dagen geleden

    please send some in India.

  63. Mahabub Rahaman

    Mahabub Rahaman

    3 dagen geleden

    Is this GENE DRIVE

    • Songbird


      3 dagen geleden

      ... i guess?

  64. vishal pachpande

    vishal pachpande

    4 dagen geleden

    Deadliest animal on earth for humans !

  65. Simon Jäkle

    Simon Jäkle

    4 dagen geleden

    So it's not going to (finally) turn out like the "big frogs" and the rabbits or bunnies brought into wilderness in Australia a few decades ago, in this actual occasion the project is kinda predictable? Such insects perhaps won't mutate a lot?? Honestly that would be said to function for how many years until... ? Wishing good luck to who? I think we'd need to solve "old" problems before inventing new complex stuff. Whoever's enabled to turn a donkey into a riding horse surely deserves something nice

  66. Andrea Telesforo

    Andrea Telesforo

    4 dagen geleden

    I have personally been to the Florida Keys this past summer 5 times. All of my trips consisted in biking in areas where the mosquito population would be booming. Got 0 mosquito bites, and wore NO repellent. In comparison, in Miami, or the Everglades, I usually have to wear repellent and I always leave with bites. GMO MISSION SUCCESSFUL.

  67. Tali Longkumer

    Tali Longkumer

    4 dagen geleden

    If there is only male mosquito in the next 10 decades than there would be significant drop in the population of mosquito and that won't have an bad effect on food chain?

  68. GRBTutorials


    4 dagen geleden

    Genetically modified? Meh. Mosquito? OK, that’s a bit scary. Florida? THAT... THAT SCARES THE LIVING SHIT OUT OF ME!

  69. Henry Rudolph

    Henry Rudolph

    4 dagen geleden

    I would not believe a word any greedy company told me would you?

  70. Christian Deininger

    Christian Deininger

    4 dagen geleden

    They could have the zombie virus

  71. Thedonuthole69


    4 dagen geleden

    I hate mosquitos make them extinct already

  72. Leslie Borregard

    Leslie Borregard

    4 dagen geleden

    I hope it works before we get a *COVID-19* mosquito illness strain; if not we’re doubly screwed by the disease invasive species. 🦟🦠

  73. Viper300 I strike like a viper

    Viper300 I strike like a viper

    4 dagen geleden

    This is the wrong time for they ass they can carry deases

  74. JohnHoranzy


    4 dagen geleden

    Now they need tc do this with the Burmees Pythons and take back the Everglades.

  75. Ceez B

    Ceez B

    4 dagen geleden

    Only 3% of 750 Million... sounds like this company doesn’t know that 3% of 750M is quite a lot. Smh 🤦🏻‍♂️

  76. The Savage Wombat

    The Savage Wombat

    4 dagen geleden

    Only the females spread disease

  77. Robin Seibel

    Robin Seibel

    4 dagen geleden

    I'd be interested to see what effect such efforts have on bat populations. Bats are very effective mosquito neutralizers. Perhaps an effort to increase bat populations would be worthy.

  78. The Scarlet Hunter

    The Scarlet Hunter

    4 dagen geleden

    Another day in florida

  79. Iam Brian

    Iam Brian

    4 dagen geleden

    Those Mosquitoes ends up getting randomly sailed and flown around the world.

  80. Kill Bill

    Kill Bill

    4 dagen geleden

    Fun fact.. The Bill and M foundation part funded this in collaboration with the dod. Also the links to the summary on the paper lists it as (vaxxines}

    • Kill Bill

      Kill Bill

      4 dagen geleden

      Enjoy if it hasn’t been shutdown

    • Kill Bill

      Kill Bill

      4 dagen geleden


    • Kill Bill

      Kill Bill

      4 dagen geleden


    • Kill Bill

      Kill Bill

      4 dagen geleden

      Responsible Party: U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01994525 History of Changes Other Study ID Numbers: S-12-22 First Posted: November 25, 2013 Key Record Dates Last Update Posted: September 17, 2019 Last Verified: March 2019 Additional relevant MeSH terms: Malaria Protozoan Infections Parasitic Diseases Vaccines Immunologic Factors Physiological Effects of Drugs

    • Kill Bill

      Kill Bill

      4 dagen geleden

      Primary Outcome Measures : Solicited adverse events [ Time Frame: 7 days ] Occurrence of solicited adverse events (AE) from administration of study immunization (PfRAS) Unsolicited adverse events [ Time Frame: 14 days ] Occurrence of unsolicited adverse events (AEs) from administration of immunization (PfRAS) Laboratory adverse events [ Time Frame: 7 days ] Occurrence of laboratory AEs from administration of study immunization (PfRAS) Serious adverse events [ Time Frame: 52 weeks ] Occurrence of serious adverse events (SAEs) from administration of immunization (PfRAS) Signs and symptoms related to malaria infection [ Time Frame: 7 days ] Occurrence of signs and symptoms related to malaria infection starting 7 days post-Controlled Human Malaria Infection (CHMI) (these will not be recorded as adverse events because they are expected as a result of malaria infection) Parasitemia [ Time Frame: 52 weeks ] Development of parasitemia and time to parasitemia after malaria challenge Secondary Outcome Measures : Identify and validate immunological PBMC biomarkers [ Time Frame: 52 weeks ] Compare Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cell(s) (PBMC) read-outs between protected and nonprotected subjects and between immunized and mock-immunized subjects. Identify and validate immunological serum biomarkers [ Time Frame: 52 weeks ] Compare serum read-outs between protected and nonprotected subjects and between immunized and mock-immunized subjects. Identify and validate whole blood immunological biomarkers [ Time Frame: 52 weeks ] Compare whole blood read-outs between protected and nonprotected subjects and between immunized and mock-immunized subjects.

  81. onehit pick

    onehit pick

    4 dagen geleden

    It's really hard to do in practice, but we avoid GMO corn like the plague -- mostly because it doesn't taste right. GMO mosquitos are a very bad idea. Shame on the EPA for approving this.

  82. zungaloca


    4 dagen geleden

    gmo fear is retarded

  83. WES


    4 dagen geleden

    Ready or not here I come you can't hide. Sooner or later we were going this tech I don't think there will vere be an apt time or a specific amount of research needed for us to do this. It still has some trial and error in them

  84. Diana Watson

    Diana Watson

    4 dagen geleden

    This video makes me itch all over.

  85. Half Life

    Half Life

    4 dagen geleden

    Florida is very weird

  86. Jacob Creutzfeldt

    Jacob Creutzfeldt

    4 dagen geleden

    Get to the point

  87. Pepeng Jelek

    Pepeng Jelek

    4 dagen geleden

    2021 florida mosquito man mutant?

  88. BLK ZEN


    4 dagen geleden

    I just landed in Florida... thanks lol

  89. FutureLaugh


    4 dagen geleden

    why is there blood all over your chin

  90. Freeway


    4 dagen geleden

    Load them up with the Covid19 vaccine.

  91. Rolli Nia

    Rolli Nia

    5 dagen geleden


  92. yuz


    5 dagen geleden

    oh boi i bet there is absolutely no way one could abuse that!

  93. Joe Milosch

    Joe Milosch

    5 dagen geleden

    History is full of the horrors of mosquitoes. Mosquitos see humans as food, they like the smell of the ATP in human blood. They love the smell and taste of ATP. They are like a dragon that prey on humans. Kill them all, let God sort them out.

  94. xaero76


    5 dagen geleden

    The dangers of releasing millions of genetically modified mosquitoes you ask ? mosquitoes bite crocodile... crocodile gains wings.... what could go wrong ?

    • Minish4rk


      5 dagen geleden

      E v e r y t h i n g

  95. Mr. Wild

    Mr. Wild

    5 dagen geleden

    It will be funny if this genetic mutation spreads to the human population 😅, not really 😵. 🧟‍♂️🧟‍♀️🧟

  96. deepblue64


    5 dagen geleden

    Florida 🤣.. a retirement home in a alligator and mosquito swamp... better to be avoided. but he is hot...

  97. Mike N.

    Mike N.

    5 dagen geleden

    Oh please give me al the data for the netherlands to shit bugs get please rit of that shit here to

  98. Transition21


    5 dagen geleden

    Mosquitoes feed on the corpses of capitalism. Perhaps we should just redistribute wealth.

    • Voxel Music

      Voxel Music

      4 dagen geleden

      Comment commie

  99. Theeraphat Sunthornwit

    Theeraphat Sunthornwit

    5 dagen geleden

    How can this work.. next generation the gmo mosquito will all die away

    • Theeraphat Sunthornwit

      Theeraphat Sunthornwit

      3 dagen geleden

      @Songbird i think it understand now. The key is the sheer number of mosquito released. If they can fool sufficeint ratio of famale in the wild to mate with these infertile mosquito..then it is a success.

    • Songbird


      3 dagen geleden

      Only the female ones

  100. Spiritcomet


    5 dagen geleden

    Its funny how people can be smart and stupid at the same time.

    • Aron Septianto

      Aron Septianto

      4 dagen geleden

      i mean, smart is a very general term no one can be good at everything at once, that's not human (yet)