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.
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.