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Table 2 Scientists’ concerns for releasing genetically modified mosquitoes in Nigeria

From: Perceptions and recommendations by scientists for a potential release of genetically modified mosquitoes in Nigeria

Scientists’ concerns % of responses
Concerns about GMM Very concerned A little concerned Not concerned Not sure
1. GM mosquitoes can spread in an uncontrolled way beyond their release sites 68.9 20.1 9.8 1.2
2. GM mosquitoes will mate with other mosquito species producing hybrids with unknown consequences 68.3 26.2 4.3 1.2
3. GM mosquitoes will transmit other unknown diseases 65.2 28.2 6.1 0.6
4. GM mosquitoes will become resistant to insecticides and fogging 64.6 28.2 6.7 0.6
5. GM mosquitoes will harm the ecosystem 60.4 29.9 9.1 0.6
6. GM mosquitoes will be too expensive for developing countries 50.0 33.5 14.6 1.2
7. GM mosquitoes will continue to transmit malaria 47.6 37.2 12.8 1.8