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Fri Dec 7, 2012, 12:29 PM

Gene-altered mosquitoes could be used vs. dengue

Gene-altered mosquitoes could be used vs. dengue

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) Mosquito control officials in the Florida Keys are waiting for the federal government to sign off on an experiment that would release hundreds of thousands of genetically modified mosquitoes to reduce the risk of dengue fever in the tourist town of Key West.

If approved by the Food and Drug Administration, it would be the first such experiment in the U.S. Some Key West residents worry, though, that not enough research has been done to determine the risks that releasing genetically modified mosquitoes might pose to the Keys' fragile ecosystem.

Officials are targeting the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes because they can spread dengue fever, a disease health officials thought had been eradicated in the U.S. until 93 cases originated in the Keys in 2009 and 2010.

The trial planned by mosquito control officials and the British company Oxitec would release non-biting male mosquitoes that have been genetically modified to pass along a birth defect that kill their progeny before reaching maturity. The idea is that they will mate with wild females and their children will die before reproducing. After a few generations, Key West's Aedes aegypti population would die off, reducing the dengue fever risk without using pesticides and at relatively a low cost, the proponents say. There is no vaccine for dengue fever.


http://www.seattlepi.com/news/science/article/Gene-altered-mosquitoes-could-be-used-vs-dengue-4095457.php#ixzz2EO8RDLIQ

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Reply Gene-altered mosquitoes could be used vs. dengue (Original post)
The Straight Story Dec 2012 OP
Voice for Peace Dec 2012 #1
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Dread Pirate Roberts Dec 2012 #3
Marrah_G Dec 2012 #6
On the Road Dec 2012 #4
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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 12:42 PM

1. release GM Mosquitoes into the ecosystem?

what could go wrong?

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 12:47 PM

2. What could possibly go wrong?

This is yet another dangerously crappy mutant idea right out of the degenerate realm of RepubliThink, Inc. and skewball, screwball Scientific Materialism.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 12:49 PM

3. We'll Be Living A Bad Sci-Fi Channel Movie!



Don't watch because there isn't anyone you can call to get back the 92 minutes of your life you will waste on this.

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Response to Dread Pirate Roberts (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 02:09 PM

6. Sometimes a saturday of truly bad sci-fi channel movies is my own guilty pleasure

My most recent favorite was a Piranha movie where there was a car chase scene and the car actually changed colors halfway through. (and I don't mean in the script the car changed colors)

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 01:56 PM

4. This is Great if it Works

Could really help public health in Africa and Asia, too.

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Fri Dec 7, 2012, 02:06 PM

5. I'm pretty sure this is how the Zombie Apocolypse starts!!!

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