Small Island, Big Experiment | FiveThirtyEight
The scientists I spoke to agree that the available evidence suggests that the Oxitec mosquitoes would pose little risk to the environment and the humans who inhabit it. But others point out that with new and poorly understood technology, the community should be consulted before such research takes place. Taking chances is a part of any scientific endeavor, especially with the creation of a new technology, but keeping people safe is an ethical obligation. On the other hand, declining to use new technologies is also a choice, one that carries consequences of its own.