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Tell the FDA what you fear more: Zika, or GMO mosquitoes?

MIAMI (AP) — What are you more afraid of, the Zika virus, or genetically engineered bugs being released in the wild? If you feel strongly about this issue, you have until midnight Friday to make your opinion known as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration considers whether to approve an effort to kill the disease-carrying mosquitoes by releasing genetically engineered bugs in Florida.

(1 of 2) Containers hold genetically modified aedes aegypti mosquitoes before being released in Panama City, Panama. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is considering whether the biotech firm Oxitec should test its lab-bred mosquitoes near Key West. The public has until midnight Friday, May 13, 2016 to weigh in on a plan to release genetically modified mosquitoes in Florida.

May 12, 2016

The biotech firm Oxitec plans to release non-biting male mosquitoes that have been modified to produce offspring that don't survive after mating with wild females. Researchers believe that within a few generations, this should sharply reduce the mosquito population.

Scientists have weighed in on both sides in the nearly 1,300 comments viewable online so far. Fear is also a common theme, but there's a split over what people find more frightening: genetic engineering, or birth defects linked to Zika.

WHAT SUPPORTERS SAY Supporters are expressing confidence in the FDA's evaluation, Oxitec's data and reports about similar international trials. They say the risks of mosquito-borne diseases outweigh fears about releasing a genetically modified species into the wild. And some say they distrust GMO foods but still consider Oxitec's plan more environmentally friendly than pesticides.

Supporters include: several mosquito control districts in Florida, an Anguilla resident worried about Zika's effect on Caribbean tourism, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the global pest control company Rentokil, agricultural trade groups, deans of agricultural colleges and a researcher who led Oxitec's trials in Brazil.

While supporting the FDA's preliminary determination that it's safe to release these GMO bugs, the American Biological Safety Association questions whether Oxitec's technology is practical. The American Bird Conservancy also is in favor but wants more details about how the trial near Key West would be monitored.

Alyson Crean, a Keys resident who could be directly affected by the trial, expressed her full support. "Having contracted dengue here in the Keys, I know how insidious" insect-borne diseases are, she writes. "The Mosquito Control District has provided thorough due diligence as to the safety and efficacy of using the modified mosquitoes."

OPPONENTS' CONCERNS Critics raise the potential consequences to human health and the environment of releasing GMO mosquitoes without more long-term research, arguing that the risks are too high even amid a global health crisis.

"We are the citizens, as are you, and the last thing we deserve is a rushed process when it is so deeply concerning and non-controversial, more effective alternatives exist," writes Barry Wray of the Florida Keys Environmental Coalition, which has led protests against Oxitec.

Wray and other opponents favor infecting mosquitoes with bacteria that curb their ability to transmit viruses, arguing that the technique is more effective and less polarizing. There are plenty of informed, objective comments as well as passionate statements on both sides, but emotional pleas are far more common among opponents, who fear unwilling U.S. citizens will become guinea pigs. Some call the plan "insanity" and cite the "Jurassic Park" film series in warning against genetic tinkering. Others say little more than, "HELL NO GMO!"

Others compare Oxitec's proposal to GMO crops created by Monsanto (which isn't involved) and beg the government to stop approving any genetic engineering in food or insects. OTHER OPINIONS A March poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found only 16 percent of Americans opposed to using genetically modified mosquitoes to control Zika; 26 percent were neutral.

Nearly no comments have been submitted for applications that the University of Kentucky's Department of Entomology has pending with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to extend tests of bacteria-infected mosquitoes to the Florida Keys and Orange County, California, and to register specific bacteria as a pesticide product.

Residents in the Keys neighborhood chosen for Oxitec's trial will be able to vote on whether they want to participate during a county election on August 30. The ballot question's results will be non-binding, but officials at both the FDA and the Keys mosquito control district have repeatedly said they want to take the people's opinions into account.

FDA comment page on the mosquito trial: https://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FDA-2014-N-2235

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  • - I fully support releasing the GMO mosquitoes to help control the diseases mosquitoes can carry, in particular the zika virus. I am one of those people that mosquitoes love to bite...
    Public Submission to FDA on 04/14/2016 ID: FDA-2014-N-2235-1068
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  • - To whom it may concern: I urge the Food and Drug Administration to CONSIDER CAREFULLY Oxitec's application to release genetically engineered mosquitoes in the U.S. (FDA-2014-N...
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  • - Please reject Oxitec's application to release genetically engineered mosquitoes in the U.S. (FDA-2014-N-2235). Instead: Complete a full environmental impact statement on Oxitec...
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  • - This very promising technology has been thoroughly tested elsewhere with exciting results. In the midst of a global health crisis, it is critical that we evaluate every tool...
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  • - Oxitec, the company that would profit from the release of these mosquitoes, has been caught making inaccurate claims before. Oxitec's latest safety assessment is no different. It...
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  • - The Zika virus is a serious issue impacting not just Brazil, but the US and many other nations. The spike in microcephaly in babies born to women infected during pregnancy is a...
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  • - Please start the trials in Florida before it's too late. The whole process in fact needs to be sped up as much as possible. The FDA has already wasted too much time reviewing the...
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  • - I am a resident of Key Haven and I oppose the release of GMO mosquitoes in Key Haven/Key West Florida. The mosquito control here does a great job. Let them continue. I don't...
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  • - Allowing the release of GMO mosquitoes on the unwilling citizens of Key West and Stock Island is inhumane. When polled, the community of Key Haven said they did not want these GMO...
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  • - After reading extensively about the OX513A mosquito, I agree wholeheartedly with the preliminary FONSI, and hope that field trials will proceed as soon as possible. There is...
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  • - As a Citizen and a resident of the community of Key West & The Florida Keys, I do not agree with the FDA's decision to proceed with the release of GM Mosquito's in Key Haven. I...
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  • - I strongly oppose the investigational use of genetically modified mosquitoes anywhere, but especially in Florida. The truth is that we have no idea what the long term implications...
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  • - Oxitec has been disingenuous when describing letting people put their arms inside the cage where the male Genetically Engineered Animal Oxitec Mosquitoes to show that they do not...
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  • - I am in favor of releasing the GMO mosquito. The Aedis Aegypti mosquito is not a natural species to either North or South America, as it was brought over from Africa. The...
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  • - As a Florida resident, I am in favor of the release of male GMO mosquitoes to control wild vector mosquitoes in the Keys. GMO is not a novel concept and has been used for years to...
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  • - As a resident of Key West, I strongly oppose releasing these genetically modified mosquitoes into our county. There has not been enough study and, in looking at the Zika issue in...
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  • - The population of the Florida keys should not be put at risk with the release of GMO mosquitoes. With the Zika virus already a concern having non-natural species of mosquitoes...
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  • - GMO mosquitoes are an absolutely BAD IDEA. The unknown consequences could be dire for the environment. In Brazil, where there is a ZIKA virus outbreak, gmo mosquitoes were released...
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  • - I am a long time Alaskan. I am also a small business owner. I just do not know how legislation like this end up in the Senate? Why is someone suggesting; I do not want to know what...
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  • - Attachment Contents : ...and tidal regimes; mosquito abatement activities; marsh...Chambers, P.F. Zika and J.K...methodological consideration for GMO detection in landrace...
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  • - Attachment contents : 4/25/12 Managing "Pollen Drift" to Minimize Contamination of Non-GMO Corn, AGF-153 1/4 ohioline.osu.edu/agf-fact/0153.html...
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  • - Attachment Contents : ...the USA Rice Federation held a meeting in Dallas to address the GMO issue. At that meeting, “everyone agreed that zero tolerance for GMO would...
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  • - Attachment Contents : ...natural means of controlling the mosquito population. In Dallas TX we...of all fertilization for the GMO to move in and control...
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  • - Attachment Contents : ...them without positive evidence that it is harmless. Emerging evidence shows that GMO crops are harmful to the people ingesting them and have lower yeilds...
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  • - Attachment Contents : ...be responsible for??? From mono-culture farming to genetically altering our food (GMO)... (like what sustained mankind on this planet for thousands of years suddenly...
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    • In field trials in Panama, the Cayman Islands and Brazil, the genetically engineered Oxitec OX513A mosquito has achieved significant reductions in the population of Aedes aegypti...

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    Apr 13, 2016 11:59 PM ET

    • Biting and disease carrying females are inadvertently released -Oxitec Ltd. cannot guarantee separation of males and females. GE mosquito offspring can, and do, survive to...

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    Apr 13, 2016 11:59 PM ET

    • Please don't allow ANY mutated mosquitoes to be released in ANY of our states! There have not been enough studies done to see long term affects. I will not be spending my...

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    Apr 13, 2016 11:59 PM ET

    • Enough with the GMOs. Halt all present and future plans. Actively start scientific research and study which is not bought and paid for by industry before you kill us all off and...

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    Apr 13, 2016 11:59 PM ET

    • I would like to voice my opposition to this measure. While I am a supporter of science and medicine we need to act with caution when we step into the ecological arena. The research...

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    Apr 13, 2016 11:59 PM ET

    • As a member of the scientific community, I support the use of GE mosquitoes for vector/disease control given strong evidence that there is no significant impact to the environment...

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    Apr 13, 2016 11:59 PM ET

    • MORONIC. This will lead to great harm in some way. We were not put here to control nature. We live with it we are not its master and never have been. Control is an illusion of the...

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    Apr 13, 2016 11:59 PM ET

    • I don't have regulatory experience, but as a scientist I think it is obvious that OX513A mosquitoes are environmentally safe and effective. We have far less well-defined insects...

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    Apr 13, 2016 11:59 PM ET

    • The use of genetic engineering is insane and presents obvious dangers. What if one of the infected mosquitoes bites a human? Couldn't it pass on the lethal gene to the human...

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    May 13, 2016 11:59 PM ET

    • In field trials in Panama, the Cayman Islands and Brazil, the genetically engineered Oxitec OX513A mosquito has achieved significant reductions in the population of Aedes aegypti...

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      04/15/2016

       
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    May 13, 2016 11:59 PM ET

    • We can reduce the amount of vaccines and chemical products we use to prevent many diseases by controlling the mosquito population who carries them in the first place! I hope in the...

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    May 13, 2016 11:59 PM ET

    • Of all the ways we know about to control disease carrying mosquitoes, this seems to be the best, in several different ways. First, it targets a single species, and I don't know an...

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    Apr 13, 2016 11:59 PM ET

    • The citizens of America do not want these genetically altered mosquitoes released, anywhere, ever. And if we do not want them, you cannot release them. We own this country, not the...

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    • I fully support genetically engineering mosquitoes in order to try to slow or stop the spread of theses diseases. I would rather see this tried then using larvacide or insecticide...

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    • As a life-long USA Citizen I strongly oppose allowing the British company named Oxitec to release genetically modified mosquitoes into the fragile enviroment of the Florida Keys...

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    • I am a Florida resident and I am opposed to the proposed release of Genetically Engineered mosquitoes in the Florida Keys. Although many are citing the Zika virus as a reason to...

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      04/06/2016

       
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    May 13, 2016 11:59 PM ET

    • In field trials in Panama, the Cayman Islands and Brazil, the genetically engineered Oxitec OX513A mosquito has achieved significant reductions in the population of Aedes aegypti...

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      04/15/2016

       
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    Apr 13, 2016 11:59 PM ET

    • I oppose the release of the genetically modified mosquitos.

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    Apr 13, 2016 11:59 PM ET

    • No do not release them. you "act" like there is "no significant" environmental hazard yet the past has proven wrong. you DO NOT PLAY WITH NATURE! you the FDA need to become aware...

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    Apr 13, 2016 11:59 PM ET

    • I fully support the release of Oxitec OX513A Mosquitoes into the environment to help fight Zika and other mosquito borne diseases. I believe it is the best solution.

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    Apr 13, 2016 11:59 PM ET

    • I support the use of GE mosquitoes for the control and eradication of mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue fever, Zika virus and Chikungunya. I believe that the cost of NOT using...

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    Apr 13, 2016 11:59 PM ET

    • Releasing Oxitec OX513A Mosquitoes into the Earth environment is EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. If even a small percentage of offspring mosquitoes survive and breed, humans and animals can...

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    Apr 13, 2016 11:59 PM ET

    • This is an abomination of God's divine design. The ecosystem has a delicate balance, USA environment and citizens will NOT be experimented on!!

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    Apr 13, 2016 11:59 PM ET

    • I do not consent to the release of genetically modified mosquitoes anywhere in the United States. There can be no such thing as an "investigational" release into the open...

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    Apr 13, 2016 11:59 PM ET

    • Releasing GM mosquitoes is the ultimate irresponsibility and insanity. You have no idea what the impact will be on the environment.

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  • to the Zika virus outbreak, Brazil’s National Biosafety Committee approved thereleases of more genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquitos throughout
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  • - It would be pure negligence and a terrible mistake NOT to release these mosquitoes. When children in the US are being born without brains and adults are seizing from terrible...
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  • - I do not support FDA-2014-N-2235. More research needs to be done as to the chemical cause of the Zika virus. Releasing GMO mosquitoes can have far reaching and devastating...
    Public Submission to FDA on 04/15/2016 ID: FDA-2014-N-2235-1169
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  • - Before we begin this process of releasing GM mosquitoes into our environment, we first need to review why...recently we have been told that the Zika virus is linked to fetal brain...
    Public Submission to FDA on 04/15/2016 ID: FDA-2014-N-2235-1150
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  • - "Let the Toxic Spraying Begin" is so ridiculous . Some, NOT ALL, Friends of the Earth and Food Safety Advocates are protesting OX513A usage. What does puzzle many from these...
    Public Submission to FDA on 04/14/2016 ID: FDA-2014-N-2235-1089
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  • - I strongly oppose the release of any GMO mosquitoes. Our backyards are not the testing grounds for any companies projects. The precautionary principal is required as there is no...
    Public Submission to FDA on 04/18/2016 ID: FDA-2014-N-2235-1285
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  • - YES, please allow the testing of the GMO mosquitoes. Everyday more serious health effects are being learned about the Zika virus affecting humans of all ages.
    Public Submission to FDA on 04/14/2016 ID: FDA-2014-N-2235-1096
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  • - Document Contents : ...the Ae.aegypti mosquito .................................................................. 18 9.1...the human diseases; Zika virus, dengue fever...Daenicke, R. (2000). GMO in animal nutrition...
    Supporting & Related Material by FDA on 03/15/2016 ID: FDA-2014-N-2235-0002
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  • - I find the Draft Environmental Assessment reasonable and the idea of using Oxitec Mosquitoes excellent. I write this as someone completely distrustful of the GMO foods Monsanto...
    Public Submission to FDA on 04/14/2016 ID: FDA-2014-N-2235-1046
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  • - I honestly find it hard to believe that anyone has commented in support of GMO mosquitoes. Florida doesn't have a dengue fever problem and it doesn't have a Zika problem. Brazil...
    Public Submission to FDA on 04/04/2016 ID: FDA-2014-N-2235-0094
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  • - The science says Oxitec mosquitoes are safe, that Zika causes birth defects, and conspiracy theorists claims the GMO mosquitoes are dangerous should be ignored. Release the...
    Public Submission to FDA on 04/13/2016 ID: FDA-2014-N-2235-0921
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  • - Gmo mosquito need to be stopped they are a hazard to our environment and to all human health. Zika virus is obviously a result of gmo mosquito releases from 2 years ago
    Public Submission to FDA on 04/13/2016 ID: FDA-2014-N-2235-0959
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  • - I urge the Food and Drug Administration to reject Oxitec's application to release genetically engineered mosquitoes in the U.S. (FDA-2014-N-2235). This experiment would risk our...
    Public Submission to FDA on 05/02/2016 ID: FDA-2014-N-2235-1290
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  • - Firstly I'd like to commend the FDA on the Finding of no significant impact in the release of the oxitec mosquitos as is shown in the overwhelming evidence in the Brazilian field...
    Public Submission to FDA on 04/04/2016 ID: FDA-2014-N-2235-0067
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  • - I am a practicing physician and care about the environment. That said, I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE RELEASE of GMO mosquitoes in Florida to experimentally determine if the spread of zika...
    Public Submission to FDA on 03/15/2016 ID: FDA-2014-N-2235-0008
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  • - oxitec ox513a mosquitos potentially carry the same genomic horizontal transfer risks as other genetically modified life forms. The GMO corn , cotton and soybeans all cause cross...
    Public Submission to FDA on 04/07/2016 ID: FDA-2014-N-2235-0466
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  • - I am against the idea currently of releasing GMO mosquitos, this is not about helping curb the zika virus but about a billionaire guy named Randal J. Kirk make lots more money...
    Public Submission to FDA on 04/06/2016 ID: FDA-2014-N-2235-0342
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  • - Good afternoon, I would like to express that me, my whole family, and majority of my friends living in the Florida Keys are strongly against the release of GMO mosquitoes into our...
    Public Submission to FDA on 04/04/2016 ID: FDA-2014-N-2235-0099
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  • - I don't see why it's necessary to release GMO mosquitoes when sterilized ones can be used and may be even better since they will not impregnate the females who will only bite when...
    Public Submission to FDA on 04/04/2016 ID: FDA-2014-N-2235-0065
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  • - Before you comment on the Oxitec mosquito, you owe it to the public to do substantial research and understand the genetic process completely. If you slow down a product that works...
    Public Submission to FDA on 04/04/2016 ID: FDA-2014-N-2235-0051
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  • - I am submitting the following reasons for the rejection of the release of genetically engineered mosquitoes in the United States. Horizontal gene transfer can occur and is a...
    Public Submission to FDA on 04/11/2016 ID: FDA-2014-N-2235-0707
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  • - I live in the Florida keys and would be excited for this new method of mosquito control. I live near a state parks and wildlife areas. Mosquito control can't spray close to them...
    Public Submission to FDA on 03/15/2016 ID: FDA-2014-N-2235-0013
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  • - Releasing Genetically modified mosquitoes is a horrible idea. This can cause severe issues in the future, after these GM effects have taken time to jump into the animal and human...
    Public Submission to FDA on 04/04/2016 ID: FDA-2014-N-2235-0087
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  • - Yes, I support the release of the GMO mosquitoes to help in the fight against zika virus and other diseases carried by mosquitoes. In the USA we haven't yet had the horror of the...
    Public Submission to FDA on 04/14/2016 ID: FDA-2014-N-2235-1067
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  • - This, to me, is a no brainer. The male mosquitoes do not bite, therefore do not transmit anything, or any part of their DNA, to humans. What the males do is efficiently and...
    Public Submission to FDA on 04/04/2016 ID: FDA-2014-N-2235-0102
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  • - Dear FDA: I don't want to become a "lab rat" in the upcoming GMO mosquito release experiment in the Florida Keys. NOTE: There are no cases of Dengue Fever, no cases of Zika...
    Public Submission to FDA on 04/06/2016 ID: FDA-2014-N-2235-0349