GM mosquitoes too risky

As a frequent tourist to the Cayman Islands, I remain dumbfounded with the government-approved genetically modified mosquito program.

In my opinion, why in the world would the Cayman Islands government risk and conduct such an experiment with a GM mosquito that may potentially harm such a beautiful and unique island?

It is proven that all living things learn to adapt to their environment. Further evidence can be had from the fact that these genetically modified mosquitoes have already learned to adapt to their present laboratory environment.

As such, it is only conceivable that once released into the outside environment, they may learn to adapt to their new outside environment.

It is straightforward to think and easy to understand that a laboratory is a “controlled environment” where scientists control every aspect of the subject environment, and that all the scientific data relates only to that specific environment. Conversely, the opposite holds true in the outside environment, given it is an “uncontrolled environment” and anything can happen because there are no controls.

In the event something does happen and these genetically modified mosquitoes learn to adapt and do not die as prescribed, what recourse is there and what plans are in place to remedy the situation?

In my opinion, should something happen and this genetically modified mosquito learns to adapt to their new outside environment, your island would be infected with a Frankenstein mosquito where the effects and consequences would be unknown.

The result could be that tourists would not visit and banking would stampede off your island, potentially and effectively devastating many aspects of your livelihood; tourism, healthcare, environment, ecosystem, economy, real estate, banking, etc.

Therefore, my question is quite simply: Why take such an unwarranted risk?

Tony D’Aversa

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