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01-07-2015, 07:34 PM #1
Screaming Yellow Zonkers Member
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Genetically engineered mosquitoes may be released in the Florida Keys in the next month or two. Will they make infectious diseases spread even more quickly? Action Alerts!

As we reported previously, Oxitec, a British biotech company, plans to release an experimental mosquito population genetically engineered to combat dengue fever. This is especially unnecessary since there have been no cases of dengue fever reported in the Florida Keys since 2010. The company has been preparing for FDA approval to use Key West as a test population, which is expected to happen within the first two months of 2015.

They aren’t testing in Florida to see whether they can reduce dengue fever in the populations there currently, but rather to see whether they can eradicate the particular breed of mosquito that carries dengue fever. They would do this by releasing GM mosquitoes to breed with the population that carries dengue fever, resulting in offspring that can no longer have offspring.

Of particular concern is the fact that a recent study showed that the same GM mosquitoes released in Brazil did not, in fact, lead to a drop in dengue fever. The number of mosquito eggs fell by an impressive 92% in the city of Jacobina in eastern Brazil—but it did not lead to a drop in the incidence of dengue itself. In fact, there are concerns in Brazil that GM mosquitoes could make dengue outbreaks worse, since a second more invasive species could move into the ecological niche left by lowered populations of the target species.

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01-07-2015, 09:02 PM #2
Accidental Stoner Member
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This creeped me out from the get-go.

So wish they wouldn't.

Something will go horribly wrong...

01-08-2015, 12:00 AM #3
Screaming Yellow Zonkers Member
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Night of the Quitos

01-08-2015, 12:03 AM #4
Octo Mother Superior
Posts:43,549 Threads:1,489 Joined:Feb 2011
Don't worry, surely they know what they're doing. What could possibly go wrong?

01-08-2015, 09:23 AM #5
misterbumps Member
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The bastard Mosquito. I got bitten once and it put me in hospital on a drip for two weeks. I still have the scar on my right ankle where the wound was. It was disgusting. Puss that needed scalping out three times a day. Never should have hit the bush and lived with some aborigines off the land miles from anywhere. You think you can do it and have no contact with the white man and civilization but then that frikking mozzie comes along.

I can see by your coat my friend you're from the other side. Just one thing I got to know. Who won?
01-08-2015, 09:51 AM #6
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
Posts:31,713 Threads:1,448 Joined:Feb 2011
When I first moved here I had no immunity to these species bites. I used to swell up like half a golf ball on each bite.
Once I was attacked so bad it made me nauseated and dizzy. It's funny though, now that I've lived here a while, they don't go after me any more.
Other immies I talk to say the same thing.

01-08-2015, 11:53 AM #7
misterbumps Member
Posts:1,051 Threads:38 Joined:Apr 2012
When I was in India an old Indian man told me to take a cold shower before bed, do not dry myself and just lie naked on the bed sheets. I took his advice and never got bitten once at night. The bus journeys though, oh my god you had to cover every inch of your body with clothes and blankets because there were so many mozzies on the buses. Headlights coming from the opposite direction illuminated hundreds of the little frickers along the corridor of the bus.

I can see by your coat my friend you're from the other side. Just one thing I got to know. Who won?



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