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Genetically Modified Mosquitoes to be Released in the US for the First Time

Mike Barrett
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December 23rd, 2011
Updated 11/17/2012 at 2:22 pm
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To those of you who have been eager to hear the latest news concerning the potential release of genetically modified mosquitoes – here it is. It turns out that the genetically modified mosquitoes could be released into the U.S. environment as early as January of 2012. A private firm plans to initiate the release of the GE mosquitoes in the Florida Keys. Florida will be the first beta testing grounds to determine whether or not the mosquitoes lead to detrimental environmental and genetic impact. Residents in this area will also be subjected — without choice — to these genetically manipulated insects, unless the private firm decides to seek permission.

Genetically Modified Mosquitoes | An Unknown Dangerous Experiment

The first mosquito release took place in the Cayman Islands in the Caribbean in 2009. On Sunday, October 27, the release was discussed in a scientific paper by the journal of Nature Biotechnology with the report concluding the releases’ success. A second trial occurred in 2010, where 6,000 mosquitoes were released in Malaysia for further experiments. The mosquitoes are genetically modified with a gene designed to kill them unless given an antibiotic known as tetracycline. Offspring of the GM mosquitoes will receive this same lethal gene which will kill the offspring before it can ever reach adulthood. As more genetically modified mosquitoes mate with wild mosquitoes, the idea is that more and more offspring will be produced with the lethal gene, thereby reducing the mosquito population.

Of course the risks these mosquitoes pose both on the environment as well as the health of all living creatures are highly unknown, leaving everyone with many more questions than answers. We have already seen how terribly genetic modification can threaten the environment and human health, yet people are still moving toward a genetically modified world. With the release of genetically modified insects could come the downfall of both local and global ecosystems as well as negative consequences concerning the food chain. There is simply no way of knowing what could happen by replacing the naturally born life forms on planet earth with genetically modified creations.

Some questions that still remain unanswered:

  • Will Oxitec, the creator of the insects, need to acquire the free and informed consent of residents in Key West for the release of the GM mosquitoes? With the previous release of the mosquitoes in the Cayman Islands there was no public consultation taken on potential risks and informed consent was not given from locals.
  • With 0.5 percent of the released insects being female (the gender which bites humans), what happens to humans if bitten by the female mosquitoes?
  • What could happen to the ecosystem and local food chain with the major decrease in the Aedes aegypti mosquito population?
  • Who will regulate the release, and who will be responsible in the event of complications – to any degree?

If Florida and the US approves Oxitec’s planned release of these genetically modified mosquitoes, we will become that much closer to future genetic modification of living creatures as well as the potential collapse of environmental and human health. Luckily, judging by the widespread opposition of genetically modified foods, it is likely that this experiment won’t turn into a reality without a fight.

Additional Sources:

Scientific American

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  • Ray Wolfson

    that’s what they thought when they released cane toads in australia…. possums in new zealand… and so on… do some reading…..

  • NilsEldor

    This is a disaster, besides the fact of gene modification, mosquito is natures number one pollinator, even more so then the bees. 60% of all pollination is done by the mosquito, of which there is about 3000 different species or more not yet discovered. Only the female drink blood and only to get protein to lay eggs. Both the male and the female live by drinking nectar from flowers and thus pollinate nature.

  • Holly

    Sigh. Yeah according to these theorists they’ve marked my family bloodline with that of the illuminati. OMG is that why I love triangle so much? Perhaps I should also wear an eye patch to cover up one eye so I can drive these people insane and keep them preoccupied with writing a bunch of nonsense online.

  • Holly

    Nice brain.

  • Holly

    Proof..or get out.

  • Holly

    Omg you are a horrible person! How dare you kill poor helpless pests that could make you sick!!! It’s you the human who is the problem!!!

    No not really. Good job with using your brain and eliminating a potential risk to your health! CHEERS!

  • Holly

    People will bitch no matter what especially with articles like this driven with emotive manipulative language. Look again at the article. What is highlighted in blue? Why the need to outline that if not to highlight emotive manipulative language to incite people to be outraged?

  • Holly

    Nature has taught us many things. We have herbs that help, learned from animals. What have we learned from mosquitoes?

  • Holly

    It’s all about getting the pats on the back not the truth.

  • Holly

    You can start by saying God’s true name then because in the bible it speaks of how God’s name will be replaced by Ba’al and that is exactly what is going on with people say the word “Lord”. Even Jesus’s true name isn’t spoken. How very disrespectful.

    The bible is flawed and the new testament came to us by a murderous pagan king.

  • Holly

    Science has discovered women came before men. Are you going to say that is wrong too and declare Eve was constructed by the rib of Adam? People should take care of people.

  • Holly

    Oh? What eats mosquitoes?

  • Holly

    Are you a human or has a parasite taken over your brain?

  • Holly

    Omg yes eradicate people and save mosquitoes! I’m being sarcastic…

  • http://attractbats.com Bat Houses for Sale

    More mosquitos means more <a title="Bat Houses For Sale | Need A Bat House?" href="http://attractbats.com/bat-houses-for-sale/">bat houses will be needed. Although genetically engineered anything is usually not too good!

  • http://www.nepalshiksha.com Nepal

    Interesting fact!

  • Christina

    This is a really bad idea..

  • Avanti

    And good for the mosquito (maybe) — a kind of person…owner of the world…[Rothschild] is involved on weather modification…

    Please do some research about this family.

  • niki

    This is a form of martial law. You won't be able to go out after darl

  • annx

    "Justified homicide" is the fist thing that comes to mind when you see things like these being done to nature. The good news is that eventually, nature will sort it all out, as our whole lifetime is just a tiny moment on it's scale. Humankind will die off the face of Earth, as the species that had proven to be destructive and unable to control own population.

  • Anonymous

    The Bible is a book written by men not written by God.

    • ginger

      God is not in the business of writing anything. He has no need for any written word. He sent His Son to show us His way and He sends His Holy Spirit to be our comfort and our inspiration. God inspired those who wrote in their language with their hands and writing instruments the Holy Scriptures of the Christian's Holy Bible. When read with reverence in search of God's given Truth, It will be found.

  • Anna Olamit

    @ Brian Jackson: You are absolutely right about what you said. We are now in the "New World Order" One Government Rule. The Elites are the ones responsible of earth and human destruction. Here comes the FALLEN ANGELS…

  • Just for Life

    Look what happened when we wee only supposed to abort babies in the first trimester. We now kill/murder our babies at any stage of development and in such inhumane ways only a monster could agree to it. We poke a hook into their heads and suck out their brains and our President calls is CHOICE. Why would GM mosquitos be so surprising.

  • Lite Finocchiaro

    This is the stupidest thing I've ever heard. I seriously think the whole world should get to vote on this before it takes place. I would love it if, eventually, the mosquitoes started raiding pharmaceutical plants for the cure (which also relieves acne, iirc), but all those times I said I wish mosquitoes never existed, it really meant, "I wish mosquitoes didn't have to take my blood in order to survive." There will inevitably be food shortages for the animals that eat mosquitoes, shortages for the animals that eat those animals, et cetera. There will also be less motivation to eliminate unnecessary pools of standing water, which should be done anyway for the sake of remaining feng shui. I could go on and on…

    • Nikki

      I too, think this is stupid

    • http://www.googlemail.com Devers

      In all honesty, i feel it is a brilliant solution. How else are we to eradicate malaria? Or are we to just keep on developing highly expensive vaccines and anti-malarial drugs? And THEN wait for the mosquitoes to become resistant to them before we create another batch of drugs. The cycle is endless, and only this could put a stop to it. Draining marshes and creating proper drains can only reduce the number of mosquitoes to some extent, but it can never trully stop malaria from occuring.

      And as for food shortages for predators: there are only a few species of mosquitoes that can pass on malaria, the rest are harmless and they will not be affected at all according to Oxitec.

  • God

    Genesis 3 verse 22

    Behold, the man has become like one of us(the illuminati, the fallen sons of God, the group, the annunaki, they have many names) to know what is good and what is evil.

    You sons of God that control the planet are going to get another rude awakening if you continue to play God. I realize its fun having your secret clubs, controlling trillions of dollars etc but I would exit the picture and release humanity very quietly before its too late.

    Because this time around you perish forever. Its not about religion….its more powerful than that. JASON SOCIETY etc..JANUS. Seriously. Is it really worth it eventhough your plans will fail?

    • Silent Eyes

      When did God talk to you and tell you this? The Bible is a book written by men not written by God.

      • huh duh

        Sorry my friend but you must not have a clue to what the Bible says about the Creator,His operators manual, Holy writ, penned by men but God inspired, Breathed and indwelt.

        Genesis chp.1. vs 1 In the beginning God.

        Gospel of John, chp.1 vs.1

        In the Beginning was The Living Rhema of God.

        And The Logos declared I was before the visible

        universe, I was with and in the primary source

        of Life and Creation, and he made nothing that

        has been made with out me.

        Before time, before anything existed that is seen

        I was and for Eternity I shall always be, I AM

        because I AM.

        And as the incarnate Word, I did and indeed

        indwell the flesh of of Yashua"Jesus".

        As he stated so clearly, I AM in The Father,

        Creator,and he is of necessity, for life to exist

        and move and breathe and have being, it is and

        must be that way.

        Will try to be brief,but not as easy to do as say

        But will try.

        Yeshua, stated it is not I, that doeth the

        works you see me do but, The Father in me it's

        Him that doeth the acts, deeds and works and

        performs the Miracles you witness me doing.

        Of my self I can do nothing, it's the Fathers

        Power and Will and Purpose and activity,at work

        in me.

        As Holy Writ state's, it is Christ in you, your

        hope of Great Glory, and The Hope of Eternal

        Life.

        This is going to have to be made much briefer.

        If your interest in apprehending Truth, I did

        not say comprehending, read these two verse's of

        Gospel of John.chp 1 vs.1

        Gospel of John,chp. 6 vs. 63.

        The Word himself, has declared this is Truth,

        with our guile, clear enough and simple enough

        for a sea faring man to understand.

        Many sea faring men were basically not educated

        Many could just make their mark, the extent of

        limited education, of that day and time and the

        men who basically ruled the world, to and

        allowed, are permitted degree.

        Hope that helps, if not, try reading The

        Scripture's, for understanding and Knowledge

        come's as Scripture states, in these clear and

        simple Words.Lo I come to you in the volume of

        The Book.

        God Bless and have a great day and journey in

        your, search for Truth, for when you find Truth

        Youy will have found the Author of L

  • Wulfrano Ruiz Sainz

    How wonderful! Now I won't be able to sleep at night all summer long!

  • James Brenner

    This is absolute lunacy.

    So the people of south Florida are experimental lab rats to see if the mosquitoes can infect residents with live cancer viruses.

    The company expects minimum legal ramifications because (Yes it's hard to sue when you're dead)

  • http://www.agapechiropractic.com Amanda Haley

    I live in South Florida and would really like to know how to petition this from happening. Who do I contact?? What can I do to take action??

  • Victor

    Think of how morally lost our Public Officials and the Scientific Community has become..

    Science once a well respected and trusted part of our society has allowed itself to be hijacked by political forces and ideologies.

    The truth about Global Warming and the Wiki Leaks released documents proved they have moved from the Scientific Method to the Political Agenda.

    No longer trusted and deservedly so..A worthwhile objective.. Control and eradication of Mosquito borne illness we now view efforts ostensibly to accomplish that worthwhile goal with total suspicion.

    We need a Scientific Renaissance.. With the Scientists themselves exposing those Faux Scientists among them who are agenda driven and their works.

    Something which may not happen and by all appearances his happening only in the opposite direction (Politicization of Science) as we discuss this.

    What a tragedy for humanity.

    A new "Dark Ages" approaches Led by Science and Scientists who have lost their way.

    http://www.uptodate.com/contents/mosquito-vectors

  • Todd | Channelingmys

    WTF? So the idea is to rid the earth of mosquitoes or just to limit their numbers? While I can't argue with getting rid of the mosquito (pesky little critters) I don't believe in tampering with mother nature. Who knows what kind of effect this could have on the entire ecosystem.

    • annx

      You can NOT and SHALL NOT try to get rid of the mosquito. Mosquito is an important part of the natural food chain. If mosquito are dilapidated, humankind eventually will follow, and natural balance will be destroyed and NO ONE can predict that diseases and biosphere consequences it can bring along.

    • annx

      "Pesky little critters" are HUMANS, who are destroying every part of Earth, not mosquitoes. It is human who is a pest on Earth. Mosquito is an important part of biosystem and is a necessary food for many creatures.

  • James Brenner

    Any patriotic counsel out there willing to lead a class action lawsuit against this?

    • Anonymous

      I believe that we have 1Creator God not man.may his bless those who know n if u font don't learn it.

      • humming bird naha

        i must agree there is only one creator. and it is not this idotcy of eveolution of some group of greedy men. they die like the rest of us and leave their devisitation behind and can not clean up their messes nor can anyone else the fiture genorations have to live with this and endure it't effects. mow they are messing with the whole food chain as well as the plants and food animals. so i suppose we will starve to death before we blow ourselves up. unless the creator stepes in and puts an end to them their insanity.

  • Patricia Tursi

    http://www.thetalkingdrum.com/experiments.html
    bio warfare experiments are not new!

  • jeff

    I guess these idiots did not learn anything when they cross bread bees. Its ironic that the dumbest people are also considered the smartest.

    • James Brenner

      FYI – It's a plan to control and destroy humanity

      • Brodysius

        Actually it's just a plan to control and destroy mosquitoes. Read the artilce before jumping to conclusions please.

        • anonymous

          i don't think he was being serious, understand sarcasm before you jump to conclusions please.

        • annx

          I suggest you go back to college and try to finish it up.

  • jon dope

    Tampering with nature. What could possibly go wrong?

    • red

      Dear all, I need to answer the questions raised by you with questions. please see these questions with neutral mind-set and definately not with prejudice.

      Did any one concern about what negative impact internet is leaving on todays generation with lots of obscene material which is freely available?

      did any one concern about the environmental damage is causing with loss of many species daily because of steady increase of global population today stood at ~7 billion?

      Did any body think of cause of radiation damage that is inflicted by mobile phone towers on human health?

      did any body think of snowball effect of pesticides that extensively use on our todays agriculture?

      and there are so many…

      Having said this, I am not proponent for direct use of GM related human services with out undergoing proper testings. however I also mean that there is huge number of population who are living under poverty are threten by one or other vector borne diseases. I mean to say is "many people who negatively comment on GM based human services does not look about the services what they are getting from the todays electronic world with huge cost to their and other related health. This is because they like it and they do want them to from their hand like free access to internet, mobile phone etc. When it comes to food or other health related services, as they are not affected by one or these diseases directly they might oversight the problem and talk about the biodiversity. I personally feel every human being on the earth should think that their being presence on the earth it self is damaging to environs. So first try to not to give birth to any more human being animal and then think of the bio-diversity solutions.

      much more to elaborate, but the theme is thinking neutral…there are many other means by which biodiversity is losing that can be stoppable by every bodys little effort. so please try that first.

      • Arron

        Well that wasn't entirely relevant, although good points, issues like those are looked at extensively in other articles and studies. And I don't think global celibacy is a viable solution really, I think that would be messing with nature and humanity a lot more than the points mentioned.

      • Anonymous

        You don't know anything of creation do u? God is the creator of all things. Man left his creator for what he thought would b a better way. In doing so he left the covering that God had placed over man. What we have left is man taking care of man that will fail. I believe that anyone that takes a look can see that the world is comming apart.

      • annx

        Everything you say is ENTIRELY RELEVANT, yes and thank you for posting this and speaking your mind: brainwashed idiots need a dose of healthy info.

      • annx

        And yes, the amount of MISOGYNY and obscenity spread over internet is disgusting and this must stop.

      • http://www.nilesh-sawant.page.tl Nilesh

        I could not agree more. Malaria and dengue are responsible for a lot a lot of deaths worldwide. Mosquitos have grown resistance to pesticides like DDT. This looks like the only way out. Its ehither humans or mosquitos. Decide while you can!

  • Darlene

    Last summer I trouble with mosquitoes in a large tank we had for collecting rain water. I dusted the top of the water with diotematous earth once and it worked all summer, no more mosquitoes. It killed the wiglers too

  • Lauren Ayers

    Swallows, bats, and dragonflies are three animals that depend on mosquitoes for food.

    Much as I despise mosquitoes, I don't trust genetically modified ANYTHING and think more is at stake than just some birds, bats, and bugs dying from lack of their usual food.

    Probably mosquito populations can be low with a 3-fold campaign to:

    1. Provide more habitat for mosquito predators like birds, bats, dragonflies

    2. Alert the public to avoid standing water (i.e. used tires, vacant homes with swimming pools, etc.)

    3. Use inert oil on standing water (pesticides are not necessary, just depriving oxygen to larvae is enough)

    • http://www.desireerover.nl DL Rover

      Dr. Campbell discovered how to colonize bats in order to destroy the malaria carrying mosquito.

      Dr. Campbell was the head Bacteriologist for the city of San Antonio, Texas. His work on eradicating the malaria causing mosquito led him to construct a BAT HOUSE and colonize bats as you would bees. For his great discovery, he was nominated for the Noble Prize for Medicine by the State of Texas on Feb. 10,1919.

      Read further on http://www.reformation.org/campbell.html

    • Brodysius

      Mosquitoes aren't their sole foodsource. They'll be fine, they have other shit to eat.

      • annx

        Other "shit" to eat? Did you mean yourself?

  • truth out

    This is going to be a release of H5n1 flu infected mosquitoes. The resent development of the Super flu capable of killing billions of humans world wide is going to be set loose on the American public via this transmission device. H5n1 will infect dogs and cats and will instantly spread to humans.

    • brian jackson

      I completely agree with you! It seems blatantly obvious to me that a mosquito is the perfect host for a perfect epidemic planned by the NEWWORLDORDER to bring the population of this planet down to 500,000 people max! this has been written by them in stone in America!! we should all be alarmed by their madness!! resist! All this to protect us supposedly from a disease which claims little more than 25000 people per year! Far less im sure that die from sodium fluoride being present in our water!! And from the depleted uranium weapons dust which now lies throughout the shifting sands of Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya!!!my god is there any end to their need of death and destruction??

      • RumPirate

        I just can't take anyone who types "new world order" in all caps and as one word seriously. =/

    • Randy

      Yup; wouldn't surprise me at all that the criminal scumsuckers would choose to come at us through mosquitoes. So, if the eugenics works well in Florida, they'll move on to the rest of the U.S., then Canada, then…

    • Anna Olamit

      That's true..