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Post by Guest on Wed Jun 11, 2014 10:38 am

LONDON - Scientists have found a way of genetically modifying mosquitoes to produce sperm that only creates males, offering a potential fresh approach to fighting and eventually eradicating malaria.

Researchers from Imperial College London tested a genetic method that distorts the sex ratio of Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes, the main transmitters of the malaria parasite, so that the female mosquitoes that bite and pass the disease to humans are no longer produced.

In a study published in the journal Nature Communications, the team reported that in the first laboratory tests, the technique created a fully fertile mosquito strain that produced 95 percent male offspring.

Right - so this can help fight off malaria, great. But if they can do this to mosquitoes, what's to stop them doing it to other species, humans even?


http://news.yahoo.com/genetically-modified-mosquitoes-offer-hope-malaria-fight-150341425.html;_ylt=A0LEV11NIphT8U0AWJNXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTB0cTA1N3VzBHNlYwNzYwRjb2xvA2JmMQR2dGlkA1ZJUDM4NF8x

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Post by veya_victaous on Wed Jun 11, 2014 10:44 am

we could already do it o humans  Neutral  forcing gender is one of the easiest genetic manipulations.

But what happens to mozzies? do they become extinct? because considering they are right down the bottom of the food chain that could have massive unforeseen consequences  Shocked 

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Post by Tommy Monk on Wed Jun 11, 2014 1:07 pm

So what happens to all The other animals that eat mosquitos when they start disappearing?

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Post by veya_victaous on Wed Jun 11, 2014 11:14 pm

Exactly TM
short sighted to say the least

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Post by Guest on Wed Jun 11, 2014 11:45 pm

veya_victaous wrote:Exactly TM
short sighted to say the least
that was my first thought when i saw the story on the news

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Dragonfly and damselfly nymphs and various other aquatic insect predators eat mosquitoes at all stages of development and dense populations can be useful in reducing mosquito problems.[65] Various small fishes, such as species of Galaxias and members of the Poeciliidae, such as Gambusia (so-called mosquitofish), guppies (Poecilia), and Banded killifish (Fundulus diaphanus), eat mosquito larvae and sometimes may be worth introducing into ponds to assist in control.[66] Many other types of fish are also known to consume mosquito larvae, including bass, bluegills, piranhas, Arctic char, salmon, trout, catfish, fathead minnows, goldfish, and killifish.


house of cards that they seem to be pulling out the bottom one

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Post by Tommy Monk on Wed Jun 11, 2014 11:54 pm

I don't know much about the food chain of mosquitos except that they like to nibble on us and other warm blooded animals....
But aren't they a primary food for fish freshwater...???

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Post by Tommy Monk on Wed Jun 11, 2014 11:55 pm

You just answered my question...

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Post by Guest on Tue Jun 17, 2014 10:52 pm

Tommy Monk wrote:You just answered my question...
Glad i could help .......

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Post by Tommy Monk on Tue Jun 17, 2014 11:28 pm

So this is clearly a bad idea isn't it?



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Post by veya_victaous on Tue Jun 17, 2014 11:31 pm

Tommy Monk wrote:So this is clearly a bad idea isn't it?



Yes  Neutral 

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Post by Guest on Tue Jun 17, 2014 11:32 pm

in more ways than one ......

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Post by Ben Reilly on Wed Jun 18, 2014 7:03 am

The whole thing is bullshit, we have people who are adapted to surviving malaria -- they're called "black people." It does come with a cost, but doesn't everything: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/04/110428123931.htm and http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sca/atrisk.html

The fight to eliminate malaria via the mosquito vector is just a way to adapt to global warming instead of fighting it:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/273736.php


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Post by Ben Reilly on Wed Jun 18, 2014 7:04 am

By the way, bats already have it bad enough:

http://news.discovery.com/animals/bat-white-nose-disease-extinct.htm

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