The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has agreed to work with a British company looking to test out genetically-modified mosquitoes in the U.S.
British biotechnology company Oxitec Ltd has been waiting for a U.S. federal agency to sign on as a partner so they could test out these altered mosquitoes in Key West.
In the past few years, Key West has had a problem with mosquitoes in the area spreading Dengue-- but Oxitec thinks they can kill off a large part of this mosquito population with their altered mosquitoes.
Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 7:42 pm
"The top federal prosecutor in Massachusetts on Tuesday said federal agents raided the New England Compounding Center, the pharmacy linked to a meningitis outbreak that has killed 15 people and sickened more than 200 others," Reuters writes.
Miami is a finalist for Super Bowls in 2016 an 2017. Only problem: There are other finalists - San Francisco and Houston - and each has a younger, better-looking and better-equipped stadium. The possibility of hosting the big game, the Miami Herald reports today, may put some steam behind a drive for taxpayer-funded renovations to Sun Life Stadium.
There's been a big consumer protection settlement for people who lost their homes to foreclosure and checks could be on the way early next year. Did you lose your home to foreclosure? And was your mortgage serviced by Ally/GMAC, Bank of America, Citi, JPMorgan Chase or Wells Fargo? The Sun-Sentinel is reporting you may be eligible for a $2,000 check.
Questions arise after the sudden death of 18-year-old Christopher Valdes. Are there more bacterial meningitis cases in Miami-Dade County? And was this one misdiagnosed? Even after a specific plea to consider meningitis, doctors sent him home with painkillers and nausea pills. A few hours later, he was dead. Christopher's father tells the Miami Herald, "I feel they were negligent."
The mystery of the giant eyeball is closer to being solved. The softball-sized blue eyeball was found in the sand in Pompano Beach and most likely came from a swordfish. That's the conclusion by the state wildlife research laboratory. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the size and color do match up to that of a swordfish. They will continue genetic testing to see if they can determine what type of swordfish.