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May 25, 2011

Safety of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

JAMA. 2011;305(20):2069-2070. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.676

To the Editor: A recent Commentary1 proposed that the potential health benefits of new genetically modified mosquito (GMM) technology should be considered along with the possible risks. However, the authors were mistaken in suggesting that proposals exist to eradicate all 3500 species of mosquitoes. Neither the article cited to support this suggestion2 nor those developing GMMs have proposed global eradication of all mosquitoes. The focus of GMM research is exclusively on the subset of medically important species that transmit disease-causing pathogens to humans.

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