Sunday, 5 June 2016

Suicide Mosquitoes Are Released Into Popular Vacation Spots

Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

In the light of the recent threat of the dangerous Zika virus spread by Mosquitos, this article intrigued me and also highlights what is being developed by Scientists.  It is highly interesting how we can now protect the population by developing species that protect us from viruses like Zika or other diseases carried by Mosquitoes.

  • Scientists are increasingly turning to genetic engineering to affect environmental change, and population scale ecosystem engineering is taking place without proper regulatory oversight or public discussion
  • "Self-limiting" transgenic mosquitoes are slated to be released in the Florida Keys to combat the Aedes aegypti mosquito, a carrier of dengue, Zika, yellow fever, and chikungunya virus
  • Other GE insects undergoing field testing include pink bollworm moth, diamondback moth, and fruit fly. All are engineered to make the entire species go extinct from lack of reproduction

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