"Now the Monroe County Mosquito Control District has given the final permission needed. What could possibly go wrong? We don't know, because EPA unlawfully refused to seriously analyze environmental risks, now without further review of the risks, the experiment can proceed," she added.
Named OX5034, the mosquito has been genetically altered to produce only female offspring which die in the larva
l stage, before they can hatch and start biting things. Only female mosquitoes suck blood, which they require to mature their eggs. Males feed on nectar and are not carriers for disease.
To grow them to adulthood, however, the antibiotic tetracycline is added to the water - creating batches of sterile OX513A which would be allowed to mate with females, whose offspring would inherit the self-destruct programming and die.