reply to post by ugie1028
According to your Link article, the mosquitos contain a terminal gene. If these GM mosquitoes cross
breed with indigenous mosquitoes, the next generation(or at least a percentage of them,) will carry this
terminal gene as well. Scientifically, this may prove to be an excellent way of reducing the populations
of these disease carriers. With the massive reduction in Bat populations due to White Nose Fungus,
this could prove helpful. Of course the Frogs may not agree. It would be wonderful to experiment with
these same methods on Ticks as well. It is interesting that Tetracycline is the "Cure" in this experiment.
As Tetracycline is an antibiotic. I wonder if the modified gene results in a bacterial infection?
I myself am wary of GM due to detrimental results in past experiments. The Rice and Corn issues have
been very troublesome. However, I like to remain open to the idea of an experiment such as this resulting
in a positive outcome. If experiments such as these prove successful, the reduction in Malaria, West Nile,
and other dangerous diseases would be of Worldwide benefit to Humanity. That is unless your are of the
Great Thread S&F
P.S. It should be noted that there are many subspecies of Mosquito. Not all interbreed. If these scientists
are worth their salt, they would have taken this into consideration and therefore create a Hybrid that is
isolated to a small section of the mosquito population for this experiment. This precaution would not only
result in more accurate data, but it would also reduce the risk of ecological disaster.
That is , if they are not mad scientists of course.
edit on 27-12-2011 by Wildmanimal because: Add Content
27-12-2011 by Wildmanimal because: typo my bad