Monday, April 3, 2000
While activists are raising alarms that eating foreign DNA in
genetically modified crops may somehow cause unforeseen health risks, it remains to be
seen if the public will care about last week's publication of a method of pest control
that would release live, genetically modified fruit flies into the environment.
As described in Science, the method is a transgenic take on an
existing means of insect control called the sterile insect technique (SIT), wherein males
of a species are sterilized and released into the environment to mate