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Originally posted by 8ILlBILl8
I do not think its to reduce their population. Their are allot of animals that eat them. I have seen articles talking about genetically modified mosquito that can produce simple vaccines. Maybe they are working on something more sinister.
Originally posted by ThirdEyeofHorus
Originally posted by the_philth
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Originally posted by sicksonezer0
hahaha So that was you writing all those scripts for the crazy sci fi movies about giant bugs and snakes invading human territories.
On a serious note, we may not know what is really being unleashed.
Originally posted by ugie1028
I couldn't decide if this belonged in the 'fragile earth' forum or here... so mods move/remove. Thanks.
To those of you who have been eager to hear the latest news concerning the potential release of genetically modified mosquitoes – here it is. It turns out that the genetically modified mosquitoes could be released into the U.S. environment as early as January of 2012. A private firm plans to initiate the release of the GE mosquitoes in the Florida Keys. Florida will be the first beta testing grounds to determine whether or not the mosquitoes lead to detrimental environmental and genetic impact. Residents in this area will also be subjected — without choice — to these genetically manipulated insects, unless the private firm decides to seek permission.
Well this is the first time I heard about this.... I didn't know they were experimenting with mosquito's to reduce their population. I see this as a double edged sword, yes it will have its benefits if its 100% successful, but on the other hand... messing with genetics of crops/animals (in this case insects) could lead to bad unexpected results. I dont know what dangers are to this experiment... but just imagine if this gene mutates and makes these critters resistant to pesticides or it mutates into something worse. I don't like this at all.
This just doesn't seem right. We should leave nature alone and not try to manipulate it for our own benefit.
Edit: Found something else.
The study published on Sunday looked at how successfully the lab-reared, genetically modified insects could mate. About 19,000 engineered mosquitoes were released over four weeks in 2009 in a 25-acre area on Grand Cayman island. Based on data from traps, the genetically engineered males accounted for 16 percent of the overall male population in the test zone, and the lethal gene was found in almost 10 percent of larvae. Those figures suggest the genetically engineered males were about half as successful in mating as wild ones, a rate sufficient to suppress the population.
I found an article from the times. apparently they are only using males who soon die after they are released. But with enough time to mate before they die.
They have had success in introducing them into an environment but I still think its a bad idea.edit on 12/27/2011 by ugie1028 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Wildmanimal
reply to post by ugie1028
If experiments such as these prove successful, the reduction in Malaria, West Nile,
and other dangerous diseases would be of Worldwide benefit to Humanity.
Originally posted by CranialSponge
Every single insect on this planet is a part of the great food chain... the food chain that ultimately leads back to us.
Kill off the mosquitoes (or GM them) and you will kill us (or GM us).
Mosquitoes not only pollinate various plants, they also serve as food to a great number of fish, birds, bats, dragonflies, etc... which in turn serves as food to larger animals, which in turn fertilize other foliage as well as being food to other animals, and so on and so forth down the chain it goes.
Absolutely every biological thing on this planet ultimately ends up in our bodies in one way, shape, or form.
It never ceases to amaze me the ridiculous ignorance of the human hubris and their incessant need to "control" the very thing that sustains them.
What next ?
GM water ?
GM soil ?
Or how about some GM sunshine to go along with that ?