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Tsetse Fly To Be Eradicated in Africa
05-28-2014, 02:10 PM #1
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Scientists have decoded the fly's genome and they hope this will lead the way for them to eradicate this deadly pest. At this time they are using low dose radiation to cause sterility as a means of control.

Quote:Humans bitten by carrier flies can develop African sleeping sickness, which can be fatal without treatment. No vaccine against the disease exists for livestock or humans because the parasite is able to evade mammalian immune systems, so control methods primarily involve targeting tsetse flies through trapping, pesticide treatments and sterile male release strategies.

"Decoding the tsetse fly's DNA is a major scientific breakthrough that opens the way for more effective control of trypanosomiasis, which is good news for millions of herders and farmers in sub-Saharan Africa", said Kostas Bourtzis of the Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture.

Quote:A form of insect birth control, the Sterile Insect Technique involves releasing mass-bred male flies that have been sterilized by low doses of radiation into infested areas, where they mate with wild females. These do not produce offspring and, as a result, the technique can suppress and, if applied systematically on an area-wide basis, eventually eradicate populations of wild flies.

Tsetse flies were successfully eradicated from the island of Zanzibar using the Sterile Insect Technique and are currently being suppressed in parts of southern Ethiopia. In January, Senegal reported that it was making significant progress in infested areas in the Niayes with the same method.

05-28-2014, 02:14 PM #2
Octo Mother Superior
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That seems to work, I hope there's no unforeseen consequences due to eradication of the fly. They should do that with ticks as well. 13.gif
05-28-2014, 02:20 PM #3
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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I'm not sure if this is the first instance that they were able to decode the genome of an insect as in this case. If it is, then I would think it likely that they would then move on to the other deadly disease carriers such as ticks. cheers.gif
05-28-2014, 02:21 PM #4
ezrin Incognito Anonymous
"...At this time they are using low dose radiation to cause sterility as a means of control."

05-28-2014, 02:27 PM #5
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
Posts:14,728 Threads:439 Joined:Jun 2012
@ Ezrin, yes, I thought of that too, so isn't it good news that they now can head into this other direction.
05-28-2014, 02:35 PM #6
ezrin Incognito Anonymous
i "divined" this quite some time ago.
i sense truth.



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