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Conservation Council gives GMO mosquito variances an OK

The National Conservation Council has approved a variance to the MRCU and Oxitec’s permit to import and distribute genetically modified mosquitos.
The variance will allow for the importation of an additional kilogram of the so-called “friendly” aedis aegypti eggs, but the total number of mosquitoes to be released in the West Bay project will not change.

The additional eggs were needed to make up for a batch that was delayed due to shipping problems caused by hurricane Matthew a couple of weeks ago. The MRCU, in its application for the variance, said those eggs were compromised and not providing the expected yield.

The council also approved the use of an existing building on-site at the MRCU facility to store adult GMO mosquitoes before they are released.

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Joseph Avary

Joseph Avary

Joe Avary joined the Cayman 27 team in January 2014, bringing nearly two decades of experience in TV news to the islands. He spends his time away from the office scuba diving, practicing yoga, and trying to make his friends laugh at his comedic stylings. He proudly calls the district of West Bay home, and loves nothing more than relaxing visits to the Sister Islands.

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