Skip to main content

Genetically modified Mosquitoes released in the US

by Alisha Bhagat, May 12
1 minute read

A biotech firm launched a field test of genetically modified mosquitoes in Florida. The purpose of the modified mosquitoes is to suppress populations of mosquitoes carrying diseases such as Zika, Dengue, and Yellow Fever.

brown mosquito

So what?

This is the first test of its kind. If successful, the genetically modified mosquitoes could be used in lieu of harmful insecticides and would mean a reduction in mosquito borne disease. However, critics are worried about the ethics and potential negative repercussions.



  • Location: North AmericaUnited States
  • Topic: BiodiversityClimate changeHealth
  • Other Tags: EcosystemsHealth
by Alisha Bhagat Spotted 21 signals

Alisha Bhagat is a futurist whose work focuses on the creative use of futures tools to impact long term positive change, particularly around social justice and equality. For the past seven years, she has worked at Forum for the Future, a non-profit that helps organizations think systemically and sustainably about the future. Alisha brings a broad toolkit to her work and designs games, creates immersive experiences, and brings the future to life. Prior to joining Forum, Alisha was a foreign policy consultant for the US government and a fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu. Alisha holds an MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a BS in Anthropology and History from Carnegie Mellon University. She was awarded a Fulbright scholarship in 2005. When not thinking about the future, Alisha is an avid gamer and science fiction enthusiast. She is also president of the board of BitchMedia, a feminist media organization.

Have you spotted a signal of change?

Register to receive the latest from the Futures Centre.
Sign up

  • 0
  • Share

Join discussion

Related signals

Our use of cookies

We use necessary cookies to make our site work. We'd also like to set optional analytics cookies to help us improve it. We won't set optional cookies unless you enable them. Using this tool will set a cookie on your device to remember your preferences.

For more detailed information about the cookies we use, see our Cookies page.

Necessary cookies

Necessary cookies enable core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility. You may disable these by changing your browser settings, but this may affect how the website functions.

Analytics cookies

We'd like to set Google Analytics cookies to help us to improve our website by collecting and reporting information on how you use it. The cookies collect information in a way that does not directly identify anyone. For more information on how these cookies work, please see our 'Cookies page'.