Scientists prepare to release genetically modified mosquitoe

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PostFri Dec 07, 2012 3:54 pm » by Poooooot


Florida scientists prepare to release hundreds of thousands of genetically modified mosquitoes

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Hundreds of thousands of mutated mosquitoes could soon be unleashed in Florida, but don’t worry: scientists say they have a plan.

It might sound like something out of a low-budget horror film, but the US Food and Drug Administration really is considering whether or not they should allow scientists to send thousands upon thousands of genetically altered insects into the wild.

If all goes as planned, mosquitos modified by some serious Frankenstein treatment will be introduced into the Florida Keys and ideally mate with skeeters that carry the deadly dengue fever, passing along in the process a fatal birth defect that will hopefully eradicate the offspring before birth. From there, scientists say they expect the population of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes infected with the dangerous disease will be decimated in only a few generations without causing any major implications for the native ecosystem.

"The science of it, I think, looks fine. It's straight from setting up experiments and collecting data," Michael Doyle of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District tells the Associated Press.

No vaccination against dengue fever is currently available in any part of the world, and although the mortality rate associated with it is low, it’s still a serious concern. In the Florida Keys where the economy relies on tourism, an epidemic of any sort could be catastrophic. Some fear that sending mutated mosquitos into the environment could have grave implications as well, though, and are asking for more thorough testing before the FDA makes a decision. Of course, it doesn’t help the scientists’ case that it will take several rounds of releasing genetically modified mosquitos in order for their plan to work.

"The public resistance and the need to reach some agreement between mosquito control and the public, I see that as a very significant issue, outside of the (operating) costs, since this is not just a one-time thing," Phil Lounibos of the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory tells the AP.

The plan to put lab-altered insects into the ecosystem is expected to not harm any humans since the female mosquitos that bite won’t become infected. Real estate agent Mila de Mier tells the AP that she’s still concerned, though, and clearly isn’t the only one: her petition on Change.org, “Say No to Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Release in the Florida Keys,” has garnered over 117,000 signatures.

“Even though the local community in the Florida Keys has spoken – we even passed an ordinance demanding more testing – Oxitec is trying to use a loophole by applying to the FDA for an ‘animal bug’ patent,” reads the petition. “This could mean these mutant mosquitoes could be released at any point against the wishes of locals and the scientific community. We need to make sure the FDA does not approve Oxitec's patent.”

“Nearly all experiments with genetically-modified crops have eventually resulted in unintended consequences: superweeds more resistant to herbicides, mutated and resistant insects also collateral damage to ecosystems. A recent news story reported that the monarch butterfly population is down by half in areas where Roundup Ready GM crops are doused with ultra-high levels of herbicides that wipe out the monarch's favorite milkweed plant.”

“There are more questions than answers and we need more testing to be done,” it continues.
Health officials believed that dengue fever was eradicated entirely years ago, but a handful of cases have been discovered in the Florida Keys in 2009 and 2010. If humans are infected, they can experience extremely high body temperatures, swollen nodes, full-on rashes, vomiting and, in some cases, death.

http://rt.com/usa/news/florida-mosquito ... fever-472/
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PostFri Dec 07, 2012 4:04 pm » by Blotto


modified insects, a great war weapon, tiny insects to deliver virus , the new biological weapons of tomorrow. everyone has been bitten by an insect at one time or another.

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PostFri Dec 07, 2012 4:06 pm » by Poooooot


Blotto wrote:modified insects, a great war weapon, tiny insects to deliver virus , the new biological weapons of tomorrow. everyone has been bitten by an insect at one time or another.

That was my thought exactly. They make it seem like an innocent thing at first, and then they start sneaking scary shit in there (once they know it "works") :scary:
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PostFri Dec 07, 2012 4:15 pm » by flsts1


Oxitec has released the frankinskitter in Grand Cayman with an 80% suppresion rate.

I'm not proponant of gm anything, who knows what the results will be over time...
However, for now an 80% supression rate of dengue...a horrible debilititating disease that sometimes results in death.... is pretty impressive...

http://www.compasscayman.com/caycompass ... d-to-drop/

"As of 30 November, 14 new suspected cases were under investigation since the last public update on the disease on 16 November, bringing to 73 the number of suspected cases seen this year.

Of those cases, 27 people were confirmed to have had dengue fever, which is spread by the Aegus aegypti female mosquito commonly found in and around people’s homes.

So far, the Cayman Islands Public Health Department has received results for 53 of those cases, which have shown that 27 people were positive and 26 negative. Twenty other cases are pending.

Of the 27 confirmed cases, 16 are believed to have acquired the dengue virus locally as they have no travel history"


Grand Cayman runs a preventitive advert campaign yearly to educate Camanians on how to avoid developing breeding grounds for the lil' bastards...

Further reading...
http://www.ieyenews.com/2012/09/dengue- ... sed-by-80/
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PostFri Dec 07, 2012 4:34 pm » by Domeika


Actually..... we have all been around genetically modified insects already.....fleas.

To get rid of fleas, you have to spray every 3 months in order to break their lifecycle. In the cocoon, they can live for up to 3 years waiting for a warm blooded host to walk by, and then when it does, they cut the cocoon with a special tooth evolved just for the purpose and then launch at it. No known chemical can affect the flea inside the cocoon, but by sraying several times in the lifecycle it gets to the point where there are no fleas jumping around and they are all in cocoons. The chemicals sprayed mutate the fleas so that although they still live and breed, that special tooth for getting out of the cocoon never gets solid enough to cut through the cocoon, so they cannot get out and they die in there thus breaking the cycle.

So with this in mind, the thought of a mosquito being genetically modified isn't very scary to me.

My previous home had a sandstone foundation that was infested with the little beasties (fleas) so I had to learn everything I could in order to beat them. (Btw....anyone with a bug problem, go to http://www.bugspray.com and you can buy the chemicals and do it all yourself.)

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PostFri Dec 07, 2012 4:42 pm » by 99socks


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PostFri Dec 07, 2012 4:57 pm » by Edgar 2.0


World's traffic accident death rate (2007) = 1,230,000 deaths.
World's Dengue fever death rate (2009) = 12,500–25,000 deaths.

Why don't they make genetically modified vehicles?
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PostFri Dec 07, 2012 5:16 pm » by Poooooot


Edgar 2.0 wrote:World's traffic accident death rate (2007) = 1,230,000 deaths.
World's Dengue fever death rate (2009) = 12,500–25,000 deaths.

Why don't they make genetically modified vehicles?

This may sound a little kooky, but when I was a little girl I thought they should come up with magnetized levitating cars (kinda like the high speed trains, only NOT high speed). My reasoning was, first, the maintenance on the "roads" would be almost nothing. Plus, there's the safety issue (no "driving off the road - once you veer off the road you'd just kinda drop to the ground and not move), the energy cost (little to no gasoline), and of course, it would just look really cool.

I spent a lot of time daydreaming as a child. :lol:

I also tried to come up with some sort of special cast for racehorses because I was devastated when I found out they kill them when they break a leg.
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PostFri Dec 07, 2012 5:19 pm » by Edgar 2.0


Domeika wrote:Actually..... we have all been around genetically modified insects already.....fleas.

To get rid of fleas, you have to spray every 3 months in order to break their lifecycle. In the cocoon, they can live for up to 3 years waiting for a warm blooded host to walk by, and then when it does, they cut the cocoon with a special tooth evolved just for the purpose and then launch at it. No known chemical can affect the flea inside the cocoon, but by sraying several times in the lifecycle it gets to the point where there are no fleas jumping around and they are all in cocoons. The chemicals sprayed mutate the fleas so that although they still live and breed, that special tooth for getting out of the cocoon never gets solid enough to cut through the cocoon, so they cannot get out and they die in there thus breaking the cycle.

So with this in mind, the thought of a mosquito being genetically modified isn't very scary to me.

My previous home had a sandstone foundation that was infested with the little beasties (fleas) so I had to learn everything I could in order to beat them. (Btw....anyone with a bug problem, go to http://www.bugspray.com and you can buy the chemicals and do it all yourself.)


It's off-topic...

Last year my house was infested with German cockroaches :
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They've got two week germination cycle, so they spread fast as hell. They were all over the place, i couldn't get rid of them for at least as six months. Incredibly smart little fuckers...each time i got new sort of a bait, they've found a way to circumvent it. And i took a professional help a couple of times, but to no avail.

Well, until i found this :

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Got rid of roaches in a week.

BUT, the way this gel works is something so cruel, that i couldn't believe it...

It is pheromone based , so it attracts roaches just like a pile of shit attracts flies. Now, once the roaches are attracted, they ingest the poison which makes them totally out of control. I saw them spinning around in circles, shitting all over, eating each other, convulting...

Terrible, terrible stuff.

Of course, i couldn't help myself thinking about what would the similar principle do to human population... :scary:
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PostFri Dec 07, 2012 5:31 pm » by Domeika


Edgar 2.0 wrote:
Domeika wrote:Actually..... we have all been around genetically modified insects already.....fleas.

To get rid of fleas, you have to spray every 3 months in order to break their lifecycle. In the cocoon, they can live for up to 3 years waiting for a warm blooded host to walk by, and then when it does, they cut the cocoon with a special tooth evolved just for the purpose and then launch at it. No known chemical can affect the flea inside the cocoon, but by sraying several times in the lifecycle it gets to the point where there are no fleas jumping around and they are all in cocoons. The chemicals sprayed mutate the fleas so that although they still live and breed, that special tooth for getting out of the cocoon never gets solid enough to cut through the cocoon, so they cannot get out and they die in there thus breaking the cycle.

So with this in mind, the thought of a mosquito being genetically modified isn't very scary to me.

My previous home had a sandstone foundation that was infested with the little beasties (fleas) so I had to learn everything I could in order to beat them. (Btw....anyone with a bug problem, go to http://www.bugspray.com and you can buy the chemicals and do it all yourself.)


It's off-topic...

Last year my house was infested with German cockroaches :
Image

They've got two week germination cycle, so they spread fast as hell. They were all over the place, i couldn't get rid of them for at least as six months. Incredibly smart little fuckers...each time i got new sort of a bait, they've found a way to circumvent it. And i took a professional help a couple of times, but to no avail.

Well, until i found this :

Image

Got rid of roaches in a week.

BUT, the way this gel works is something so cruel, that i couldn't believe it...

It is pheromone based , so it attracts roaches just like a pile of shit attracts flies. Now, once the roaches are attracted, they ingest the poison which makes them totally out of control. I saw them spinning around in circles, shitting all over, eating each other, convulting...

Terrible, terrible stuff.

Of course, i couldn't help myself thinking about what would the similar principle do to human population... :scary:


Wow....that's good to know. Most people equate roaches with filth and it's just not true. They can be in the cleanest of houses, it just takes one getting in to start the infestation. Any kind of cardboard box related to food or drink is a prime example. Another.....Stepping on them. That's right, if you squish a cockroach with your shoe the eggs can stick and you can track them into your house. :vomit:


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