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Mutant Mosquitos to be released in the Florida Keys

 
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Mutant Mosquitos to be released in the Florida Keys
A company called Oxitec wants to release thousands of mutant mosquitoes in the Florida Keys.

In Malaysia where these same mosquitoes have been released as an attempt to stem the flow of dengue fever in the population, evidence has been found where the mosquitoes have mutated and have become immune to pesticides and now are spreading deadly malaria at alarming rates.

Mosquitoes released in Florida, genetically modified to resist pesticides systematically spread malaria to the Sub-saharan population.


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Two strains of kind mosquito responsible for most of the transmission of malaria in Africa have evolved with them are substantial genetic differences altering in twain dissimilar species, according to researchers who published the new study in the journal Science.

The efforts of international research co-conducted by researchers from Imperial College London, said the twain strains of the mosquito Anopheles Gambia The kind of mosquito primarily responsible for the transmission of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa.

The authors also recommend that the mosquitoes are evolving more quickly than formerly contemplated.

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Nearly all experiments with genetically-modified crops have eventually resulted in unintended consequences: super weeds more resistant to herbicides, mutated and resistant insects also collateral damage to ecosystems," she warns on Change.org. ."Why would we not expect GM (genetically modified) insects, especially those that bite humans, to have similar unintended negative consequences?"

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Re: Mutant Mosquitos to be released in the Florida Keys
Many Key Westers are alarmed that a British biotech company wants to use their backyard for a genetic experiment. Resident Mila de Mier went as far as setting up an online change.org petition in April, which now has over 100,000 signatures of support.

If the Food and Drug Administration approves their "animal bug patent," Oxitec will likewise release upwards of 10,000 GM mosquitoes at an undisclosed 36-square-acre block near the Key West Cemetery.

Oxitec admits their system isn't foolproof. About one female is accidentally released for every 1,500 male mosquitoes, according to New Times, and it's the females that bite and suck blood.


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Re: Mutant Mosquitos to be released in the Florida Keys
What could go wrong? LOL

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