In an effort to head off a potential health problem in Florida, scientists have created genetically modified mosquitoes intended to stop the spread of their non-modified and disease carrying cousins. What sounds like a good plan to some, has set off alarm bells for others. Todd Kuiken provides an update on GMO science and the attempt to conduct a mosquito experiment in the Sunshine State. That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.

Dr. Todd Kuiken is a Senior Program Associate with the Science and Technology Innovation Program at the Wilson Center where he explores the scientific and technological frontier, stimulating discovery and bringing new tools to bear on public policy challenges that emerge as science advances. He has numerous projects evaluating and designing new research and governance strategies to proactively address the biosafety, biosecurity and environmental risks associated with synthetic biology as part of the Wilson Centre’s Synthetic Biology Project.  In addition he is collaborating with DIYbio.org on a project to ensure safety within the rapidly expanding community of amateur biologists where he analyzes the potential biosafety and biosecurity threats associated with such a diffuse community. He also works with the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, also at the Woodrow Wilson Centre, where he focuses on public policy and the environmental health and safety aspects of nanotechnology.