A recent article published in Nature (May 3) reports “the first genetically modified mosquitoes released in the United States” (read the full article HERE). Thus far, the genetically modified organism has been produced and isolated in the laboratory, but without the aim of perpetuating it as a new species.
Mosquitoes artificially modified into the open air to dwelling existing mosquitoes population in Florida
Now, however, a UK-based biotechnology company has created genetically modified mosquitoes to replace the current mosquito species that can carry diseases such as Zika, dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever.
The pilot trial releasing genetically engineered mosquitoes into the open air, creating a new artificial species, needed a decade to be approved. We shall not go into the details of the production of this species here, or the projected positive outcome: development of the species and dwindling of the current population of disease-transmitting mosquitoes.
Natural ecosystem possible effects of the remain of mosquitoes genetically modified
The bioethical issue is focused on the production of a new species that, in our opinion, could alter the delicate balance of the ecosystem. In an earlier report, we published on this matter, we said that “In our opinion, the release of artificial organisms into the environment would only be justifiable when necessary to obtain a good that would exceed the risk assumed, for instance, the release of a microorganism designed to break up a petrol spill. Even so, they should be designed in such a way as to ensure that they do not remain in the natural environment beyond a certain time” (read our previous full article HERE).