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Originally posted by tkwasny
When bats eat the genetically modified males, how will that affect the bats? Bats are well known for eating thousands of mosquitos in a night. Wipe out the bats? This could trigger an imbalance of unintended consequences because of such unforeseen circumstances. Cut a blade of grass and you shake the Universe.
There was a sonic mosquito larve bursting device that never seemed to get traction.edit on 12-12-2011 by tkwasny because: Addition
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Originally posted by Sahabi
Out of respect for life, I have been 'feeding' mosquitos. I let them drink a few drops of my blood. Why? Because I understand that all living beings are aware and sentient. Imagine how many animals and plants we humans murder for food. Imagine how many plants and animals we kill for fun... for industry... for profit... and for no reason. I imagine the few drops of blood I give to mosquitos as a trade for how much we humans take from Earth.
But now with these genetically modified.... I may have to start murdering these poor creatures to protect myself against any disease, illness, or genetic damage that may come from this tampering. How I hate to kill living creatures (including insects).
I have NEVER heard of a person in my area contracting malaria, west nile, or any other diseases from mosquitos... this is why I feel safe feeding them. The more you get bit, the less your body has an adverse reaction to mosquito saliva.