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originally posted by: IgnoranceIsntBlisss
Sounds like an actually real way to defeat mosquito's, the #1 human killer in the entire animal kingdom.
Geneticists, for example, fret about horizontal gene transfer, whereby the alien DNA from the Oxitec mosquitoes would somehow jump into microbes or other organisms, with unforeseen consequences, such as harming another species. And while the chances are low that random mutations will restore fertility to sterile males, the probability goes up when millions of genetically modified mosquitoes mate in the wild.
Scientists "presume these accidents won't happen, but there's no evidence they won't," says Joe Cummins, professor emeritus of genetics at Canada's University of Western Ontario, who recently cowrote an article that criticized the safety aspects of Malaysia's mosquito project.
Oxitec's Mr. Alphey is less concerned. "You have to look at this on a case-by-case basis to understand what DNA was inserted and how it was inserted" into a transgenic insect" he says. "We don't think our strain poses a significant risk."
Key haven residents where they will be released do not want to be a Guinea pig for oxytec.
originally posted by: flatbush71
I had tried to tell you guys about this years ago.
There was all ready a major release in the Cayman' s years ago.
( These have since scattered all over the Caribbean and Gulf )
( Why do you think the Russian trawlers with bio labs were in the Gulf of Mexico for so long ??)
The hybrid offspring ( GM mated with native) are the problem.
Oxitec 's genetically altered mosquitoes are a cheap knock-off of the originals just for profit.
This Pandora's box , was opened years ago.