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Selling controversial Zika-fighting plan to the public will take work

Selling controversial Zika-fighting plan to the public will take work

As federal authorities weigh a plan to release genetically modified mosquitoes to help control the spread of the Zika virus, they need to overcome public fears about the risks and potential unintended consequences.

Under the plan, the British biotechnology firm Oxitec wants to release millions of altered mosquitoes in Key Haven, Fla., a small community on Stock Island just east of Key West. Oxitec said the mosquitoes are engineered to produce sterile offspring that die young, reducing populations of the mosquito species that commonly carries Zika.

So far, government and outside researchers have found little to fear about the plan, but opposition has emerged in Key Haven. A...

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