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