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BREAKING!! What could possibly go wrong? Genetically modified mosquitoes to be released in Florida

 
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Skinner: Well, I was wrong; the lizards are a godsend.
Lisa: But isn't that a bit short-sighted? What happens when we're overrun by lizards?
Skinner: No problem. We simply release wave after wave of Chinese needle snakes. They'll wipe out the lizards.
Lisa: But aren't the snakes even worse?
Skinner: Yes, but we're prepared for that. We've lined up a fabulous type of gorilla that thrives on snake meat.
Lisa: But then we're stuck with gorillas!
Skinner: No, that's the beautiful part. When wintertime rolls around, the gorillas simply freeze to death.
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They alter my air, food and water with toxins. They fuck with the eco system with their wasteful industrial practices and genetic modification.

Now they are fucking with insects and viruses. Things at the bottom of the chain.

Can anyone say "domino effect?"

Nature is a fine balance.

This pisses me off enough as it is. I can not live anywhere that is not touched by this taint.

Also, on one hand the same people will praise this Idea, and on the other hand tell us we're making to much CO2 and Methane and destroying the balance of nature.

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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 25749597


Are you sort of coming to the conclusion that a planet-wide catastrophe that takes out 90% of humanity is about our only hope for stopping this silly shit before it just wipes the face of Earth COMPLETELY clean of carbon-based life?
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Yes actually! lol

Unless magic is real....

and someone can magically fix everything with happy dust, harmony tunes, joy sprinkles, kisses and rainbows.
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Holy crud.

Maybe these "mosquitoes" are actually the micro drone mosquito robots?

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Plausible....
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It's such a shame there is a huge population of ignorant people like this forum who are afraid of science.
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Nothing could go wrong, don't worry, our scientists fully understand the limits and effects of genetic modification. ohyeah
We were meant to live for so much more, have we lost ourselves?
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Re: BREAKING!! What could possibly go wrong? Genetically modified mosquitoes to be released in Florida
Hundreds of thousands of genetically modified mosquitoes set to be released into the Florida Keys in experiment to fight dengue fever

-The non-biting male mosquitoes genetically modified would pass along a birth defect killing their progeny before reaching maturity

-After a few generations officials say Key West's Aedes aegypti population would die off reducing risk of dengue fever

-FL Keys Mosquito Control District: Modified genes will disappear after mosquitoes carrying it die making no permanent change to wild population


Read more: [link to www.dailymail.co.uk]
 Quoting: Carshy McCarsh


But wouldn't the female mosquito that now possess the gene, when biting a human, have the possibility of passing that genetic material to us as well? Mosquito are one of the only ways of genetic transfer outside of direct modification, birth and viruses...
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This reminds me of The Hunger Games, with the genetically modified bees! IMO, tampering with anything is going to lead to something bad!
 Quoting: CrazyMama73


I didn't like that movie, but you're right.
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I agree with your opinion of the movie! I was convinced into going to see it with a friend of mine who loves the books.
 Quoting: CrazyMama73


After seeing it, I could not figure out what the attraction was. Then I figured it must be like the impossible-to-understand Twilight popularity: Teenage girls are irrational and have a lot of disposable income, and like to see teenage girls on screen shooting bows and kissing vampires.

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off with the mosquitoes in florida
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they are homo mosquitoes, if they bite you, its over you are a homo, i told you...

This is to make all united states go gay.
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there are 7 billion people on this planet there is not enough food to feed all of you. sorry. GOV. ILLUMINATI
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Wrong.
There is not enough food to feed all of us if the government has anything to do with food production or distribution.

If only private enterprise was unleashed, we could easily feed 20 billion people and export the surplus to Mars.
 Quoting: Carshy McCarsh


Oh, you mean those "beneficient" transnational corporations, Monsanto & Bayer Crop Science? Not!

You know they're both working on GM Franken-bees too, don't you? Bayer just announced they're a new "bee research center" in RTP. What do you think is going to happen to the food supply once they fuck up all the pollinators?

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Re: BREAKING!! What could possibly go wrong? Genetically modified mosquitoes to be released in Florida
Oxitec Mosquitoes Have Been Released Before

"The Florida release of the mosquitoes would not be the first for Oxitec. The company has released the mosquitoes previously. In the fall of 2009 they did the open air release of the engineered mosquitoes in the Cayman Islands, and followed up with a larger study the next summer. The company was criticized for pursuing the studies under somewhat of a "hushed" process but Oxitec emphasized that the releases were done in conjunction with Mosquito Research and Control Unit (MRCU) of the Cayman Islands and claim that the lack of newsworthiness is the only reason few outside the Cayman Islands knew of it. The company reported an 80% reduction in the Aedes aegypti mosquito population in the 16-hectare test site where the mosquitoes were released.

The same mosquitoes were also released in Brazil in Feb 2011 and Malaysia in Jan 2011.

In contrast to the relatively little notoriety of the Cayman release, the proposed release in Florida Keys is generating quite a commotion. An online petition started in March has gathered over 100,000 signatures, and the growing concern of the residents was covered in the latest issue of Nature. For a more background on the Florida situation, take a look at the detailed article in the Miami New Times News."

con't...

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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 29273222


"Oxitec has engineered these mosquitoes with a gene activator that responds to the antibiotic tetracycline. The activator remains silent when the mosquitoes are regularly feed the antibiotic. However, once tetracycline levels fall in the mosquito, the activator gene turns on and "floods the system" by activating lots of unnecessary genes. These additional active genes overload the biological processes in the mosquito and they die as a result. The activator gene is not a toxic molecule. It is just its presence at high concentrations in the mosquito that is disruptive, like "throwing a wrench in the machine."

so what will stop them from creating other self terminating life forms?
i'm sure they have already tried this with humans.
it would be a great way to control someone. keep taking the antibiotics we give you or you die.

nice.
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Gey gene.
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And who exactly gave them the authority to make such a potentially disastrous decision?

Seriously, releasing geneticaly modified species into the wild is just plain nuts.
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At least they don't offer inoculation mosquitoes.
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Fucking retards.

They alter mosquitoes so they can't bite are you idiots are scared about it?

The best part is you morons quoting BS science fiction films like Jurassic Park as is it added some validity to your argument rather than making you look like ignorant dumbasses.

Here is a clue for you idiots:

Mutations happen ALL the time naturally. Hell, this non-biting gene was probably found in nature and they just spread it around some more.

If you were really so afraid of a single gene being changed then you would have to be terrified of every single lifeform - we are ALL mutants.
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Rev 9:7
The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle. On their heads they wore something like crowns of gold, and their faces resembled human faces.
 Quoting: Carshy McCarsh


This, freaking, THIS!!!!!!
The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. Romans 13:11

And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. Matthew 10:22

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Looks like a potential real beginning of the end.

GM bees are already flying, not just in movies.

Monsanto has got it covered, after buying Beeologics, no..?

:(
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It's such a shame there is a huge population of ignorant people like this forum who are afraid of science.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 5454199


Actually, numbnuts, science is my profession.
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It's such a shame there is a huge population of ignorant people like this forum who are afraid of science.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 5454199


Actually, numbnuts, science is my profession.
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And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. Matthew 10:22

Wake up, oh sleeper, and rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you
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there are 7 billion people on this planet there is not enough food to feed all of you. sorry. GOV. ILLUMINATI
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 13289935


Wrong.
There is not enough food to feed all of us if the government has anything to do with food production or distribution.

If only private enterprise was unleashed, we could easily feed 20 billion people and export the surplus to Mars.
 Quoting: Carshy McCarsh


Oh, you mean those "beneficient" transnational corporations, Monsanto & Bayer Crop Science? Not!

You know they're both working on GM Franken-bees too, don't you? Bayer just announced they're a new "bee research center" in RTP. What do you think is going to happen to the food supply once they fuck up all the pollinators?

muaha
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I don't know, ask the FDA you seem to believe in WTF they are doing helping to maintain monopolies that are involved in dangerous environmental terrorism.

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It's such a shame there is a huge population of ignorant people like this forum who are afraid of science.
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Actually, numbnuts, science is my profession.
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Re: BREAKING!! What could possibly go wrong? Genetically modified mosquitoes to be released in Florida
Hundreds of thousands of genetically modified mosquitoes set to be released into the Florida Keys in experiment to fight dengue fever

-The non-biting male mosquitoes genetically modified would pass along a birth defect killing their progeny before reaching maturity

-After a few generations officials say Key West's Aedes aegypti population would die off reducing risk of dengue fever

-FL Keys Mosquito Control District: Modified genes will disappear after mosquitoes carrying it die making no permanent change to wild population


Read more: [link to www.dailymail.co.uk]
 Quoting: Carshy McCarsh


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Re: BREAKING!! What could possibly go wrong? Genetically modified mosquitoes to be released in Florida
Florida residents reject release of genetically modified mutant mosquitoes
Posted date: July 16, 2012
[link to www.adorraeli.com]
Florida Mutant Mosquitoes, Florida residents are voicing their opposition to the release of genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes by a British pest control company; despite the fact that the pesky critters were engineered to impede the spread of dengue fever.

Dengue Fever, which comes from a virus spread by the bite of an infected mosquito, was first recognized in the 1950s, yet has become a leading cause of hospitalization and death among children in tropical Asian and Latin American countries. The incidence of dengue has increased by 30 times in the last 50 years and, according to the World Health Organization, 2.5 billion people are now at risk.

Mila de Mier, the author of a 96,000-signature online Florida petition, said she began her campaign because she was worried about the lack of scientific understanding surrounding the full impact of the mosquitoes on the Florida ecosystem.

“We need more data. If something goes wrong the consequences could be catastrophic not only for humans but also the whole ecosystem, and I don’t want my family being used as laboratory rats for this,” de Mier told the Guardian.

Oxitec, the U.K. company responsible for the mosquitoes, has developed the insects in laboratories over the past 10 years and released them into the open for the first time in 2009 on the Cayman Islands. Oxitec’s GM mosquitoes have also been released on a trial basis in Brazil. “After a long period of contained evaluation work, we started a series of releases in Brazil in February 2011 in the outdoor environment,” reported Margareth Capurro of the University of Sao Paulo, who is leading the project in Brazil.

“Then, from December 2011 we commenced a suppression trial and showed that, in the area where we were releasing the sterile male mosquitoes, we could control the mosquito that spreads dengue fever.” While Brazil was reported to have 1 million cases of dengue fever in 2010 alone, the situation in Florida is much less dire with the last reported case occurring in that same year.

However, mosquito officials in the Keys fear that the disease could re-emerge and deal a swift blow to the state tourism industry, which economically hard-hit Florida depends heavily on. Supporters of the plan said that GM mosquitoes could possibly keep dengue away from the Keys and be less damaging to the local environment than the pesticides that are currently used.

Oxitec officials were quick to dismiss any fears of mutated genes running rampant in the ecosystem saying that only male mosquitoes would be released, which do not bite and would not carry dengue fever. The sterilized mosquitoes would be unable to have offspring, eliminating the danger of the mutation that has been introduced to the males from being passed down the generations.
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Hundreds of thousands of genetically modified mosquitoes set to be released into the Florida Keys in experiment to fight dengue fever

-The non-biting male mosquitoes genetically modified would pass along a birth defect killing their progeny before reaching maturity

-After a few generations officials say Key West's Aedes aegypti population would die off reducing risk of dengue fever

-FL Keys Mosquito Control District: Modified genes will disappear after mosquitoes carrying it die making no permanent change to wild population


Read more: [link to www.dailymail.co.uk]
 Quoting: Carshy McCarsh


I wonder if the birth defect they pass along is able to be transmitted to humans they bite.... population control?
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Skinner: Well, I was wrong; the lizards are a godsend.
Lisa: But isn't that a bit short-sighted? What happens when we're overrun by lizards?
Skinner: No problem. We simply release wave after wave of Chinese needle snakes. They'll wipe out the lizards.
Lisa: But aren't the snakes even worse?
Skinner: Yes, but we're prepared for that. We've lined up a fabulous type of gorilla that thrives on snake meat.
Lisa: But then we're stuck with gorillas!
Skinner: No, that's the beautiful part. When wintertime rolls around, the gorillas simply freeze to death.
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That was such an awesome episode.

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Carshy's on FIRE!!!!!! 5a thumbs
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Florida residents reject release of genetically modified mutant mosquitoes
Posted date: July 16, 2012
[link to www.adorraeli.com]
Florida Mutant Mosquitoes, Florida residents are voicing their opposition to the release of genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes by a British pest control company; despite the fact that the pesky critters were engineered to impede the spread of dengue fever.

Dengue Fever, which comes from a virus spread by the bite of an infected mosquito, was first recognized in the 1950s, yet has become a leading cause of hospitalization and death among children in tropical Asian and Latin American countries. The incidence of dengue has increased by 30 times in the last 50 years and, according to the World Health Organization, 2.5 billion people are now at risk.

Mila de Mier, the author of a 96,000-signature online Florida petition, said she began her campaign because she was worried about the lack of scientific understanding surrounding the full impact of the mosquitoes on the Florida ecosystem.

“We need more data. If something goes wrong the consequences could be catastrophic not only for humans but also the whole ecosystem, and I don’t want my family being used as laboratory rats for this,” de Mier told the Guardian.

Oxitec, the U.K. company responsible for the mosquitoes, has developed the insects in laboratories over the past 10 years and released them into the open for the first time in 2009 on the Cayman Islands. Oxitec’s GM mosquitoes have also been released on a trial basis in Brazil. “After a long period of contained evaluation work, we started a series of releases in Brazil in February 2011 in the outdoor environment,” reported Margareth Capurro of the University of Sao Paulo, who is leading the project in Brazil.

“Then, from December 2011 we commenced a suppression trial and showed that, in the area where we were releasing the sterile male mosquitoes, we could control the mosquito that spreads dengue fever.” While Brazil was reported to have 1 million cases of dengue fever in 2010 alone, the situation in Florida is much less dire with the last reported case occurring in that same year.

However, mosquito officials in the Keys fear that the disease could re-emerge and deal a swift blow to the state tourism industry, which economically hard-hit Florida depends heavily on. Supporters of the plan said that GM mosquitoes could possibly keep dengue away from the Keys and be less damaging to the local environment than the pesticides that are currently used.

Oxitec officials were quick to dismiss any fears of mutated genes running rampant in the ecosystem saying that only male mosquitoes would be released, which do not bite and would not carry dengue fever. The sterilized mosquitoes would be unable to have offspring, eliminating the danger of the mutation that has been introduced to the males from being passed down the generations.

 Quoting: SeaPunk


Whoops ...
We just released a female mosquito with the modified gene.
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I wonder if the birth defect they pass along is able to be transmitted to humans they bite.... population control?
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Whoops ...
We just released a female mosquito with the modified gene.
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Carshy's on FIRE!!!!!! 5a thumbs
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Well it sure is more fun that what I'm supposed to be doing right now...

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They are playing and experimenting with the system that we are 100% integrated too, affected by and dependent on, Nature.

What laws gave them the right to do this?


These scientist must be put on trial.

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