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(Guardian)   A British company wants to release genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys to reduce the chance of dengue fever outbreaks. Since you've looked at the Tag, you already know some people have a problem with this   (guardian.co.uk) divider line 33
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2012-07-12 10:27:19 AM
Wipe them out....all of them.
 
2012-07-12 12:39:46 PM
Couldn't we modify the mosquitoes to eliminate Floridians instead?
 
2012-07-12 12:41:03 PM

Nuclear Monk: Couldn't we modify the mosquitoes to eliminate Floridians instead?


Came here to say this
 
2012-07-12 12:44:26 PM
I really do not want British scientists messing with mosquitoes in the USA. They will probably end up with a bug that is bigger and bolder and more blood thirsty. The last time we allowed the Brits to play in that part of the country, they ended up spreading oil all over our beaches.
 
2012-07-12 12:45:24 PM
Why are they hatin' on Dengue Fever?

Link

Dengue Fever is pretty sweet.

\I know I know
 
2012-07-12 12:57:36 PM

Walker: Wipe them out....all of them.


Fish eat the larva but I figure you already know that.

/mosquito truck is coming
 
2012-07-12 01:07:51 PM
I think I've seen this movie...doesn't quite work out like they planned.
 
2012-07-12 01:11:12 PM
It's working in the smaller test releases in other parts of the globe.

But OMFG!!!!! GMOWTFBBQ!!

You may now return to your regularly schedule fear fest.
 
2012-07-12 01:21:40 PM

meat0918: It's working in the smaller test releases in other parts of the globe.

But OMFG!!!!! GMOWTFBBQ!!

You may now return to your regularly schedule fear fest.


Links? Please.
 
2012-07-12 01:25:29 PM

Nuclear Monk: Couldn't we modify the mosquitoes to eliminate Floridians instead?


I didn't vote for Rick Scott, I didn't vote for Bush either time, I didn't have issues figuring out who to vote for correctly, I don't smoke bath salts, I don't try to eat people's faces...

WTF you want from some of us???
 
2012-07-12 01:26:39 PM
educationviews.org
 
2012-07-12 01:28:54 PM

neversubmit: meat0918: It's working in the smaller test releases in other parts of the globe.

But OMFG!!!!! GMOWTFBBQ!!

You may now return to your regularly schedule fear fest.

Links? Please.


Brazil is making a full fledged GMO mosquito factory Link

They've also done similar tests elsewhere, I will dig up more links after a meeting.
 
2012-07-12 01:44:26 PM

KellyX: Nuclear Monk: Couldn't we modify the mosquitoes to eliminate Floridians instead?

I didn't vote for Rick Scott, I didn't vote for Bush either time, I didn't have issues figuring out who to vote for correctly, I don't smoke bath salts, I don't try to eat people's faces...

WTF you want from some of us???


Totally true! Also, let's test this somewhere else first. We aparently are just getting over one zombie outbreak here in Florda. Not in a hurry to have another.
 
2012-07-12 01:44:43 PM
the gorillas will freeze to death in the winter
 
2012-07-12 02:05:22 PM

meat0918: neversubmit: meat0918: It's working in the smaller test releases in other parts of the globe.

But OMFG!!!!! GMOWTFBBQ!!

You may now return to your regularly schedule fear fest.

Links? Please.

Brazil is making a full fledged GMO mosquito factory Link

They've also done similar tests elsewhere, I will dig up more links after a meeting.


Thanks I read about this the other day and I couldn't find anything on prior test or follow up studies. I thought the opponents made some good points for study, but nothing they said should not and indeed did not keep the company from releasing the transgenic mosquitoes.

From almost two years ago:

GM Mosquito Trial Strains Ties in Gates-Funded Project

The big complaint here was that the media was mishandled but at the time, the international media didn't think the story was newsworthy.

More recently gw deniers say it's beings use to push the global warming agenda:

Link between dengue fever and climate change in the US

Googling "genetically modified mosquito tests in the Cayman Islands" got me a reference to "unpublished research from Oxitec" but no real info. Hopefully your google-fu is stronger than mine :)
 
2012-07-12 02:08:58 PM
There was a great New Yorker article about it last week, but it's behind a paywall right now:

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/07/09/120709fa_fact_specter
 
2012-07-12 02:17:47 PM

StoPPeRmobile: Walker: Wipe them out....all of them.

Fish eat the larva but I figure you already know that.

/mosquito truck is coming


Fish can eat other things. Mosquitoes kill more people every year than any other animal.
 
2012-07-12 02:27:13 PM
blogs.westword.com
 
2012-07-12 02:44:50 PM

aug3: the gorillas will freeze to death in the winter


Difficulty: Florida weather.
 
2012-07-12 03:05:41 PM
I spoke to the local Mosquito Control District head about 5 years ago and she mentioned that St Johns County was releasing modified aphids into the waterways of Florida in the hopes of destroying the wiggle-tails that turn into mosquitoes. I asked the lady what the impact on local species and habitat would be from the release a feral species into our rivers and lakes. She looked puzzled by the question and she had no idea what the answer was. In fact, I'm not certain she even knew the meaning of the word feral.

Personally, after that meeting, I have grown less confident that they have a clue what will happen. Even with this release. It doesn't sound like such a good idea considering the experience I had with our local official here. Certainly the State has done it's homework but I wouldn't be surprised if this turned out bad in the end.
 
2012-07-12 03:23:04 PM
Only male mosquitoes would be released, he said, that do not bite and do not carry dengue fever.

The mutation works by effectively sterelising the mosquitoes and preventing them from having offspring. That also means, Oxitec insists, that there is no danger of the mutation that has been introduced to the males from being passed down the generations.

"This is a form of birth control for mosquitoes. It brings the population of the species down very fast indeed," Parry said.


Did these researchers ever watch Jurassic Park? Life will find a way and all that.
 
2012-07-12 03:35:19 PM
Yeah, people were iffy about the Oxitec release here in the Cayman Islands, but it appears to have helped based on the results so far.

Cayman was a good place to test it due to our small size, small population, isolation and practically non-existent dengue fever cases.

We're very isolated where we are and don't get a lot of insect-borne diseases thanks to that isolation. But that's not real protection. While we lack the prevalence of the disease, we do have the bugs (introduced) that carry it. So all it takes is a few carriers to bring it on to the islands, get bitten, and then all of a sudden we'd have a contained but rapidly backfilling epidemic.

So yeah, we were fine with them testing it here. So far so good.
 
2012-07-12 03:37:26 PM
Oh, and a few years ago around the same time we had an infestation of some kind of plant-killing insect (I can't remember the details right now). They did one of those targeted predator releases with infertile wasps or something and again, a spectacular success. We wiped that one out in like three or four months.

Sometimes it's a real boon living in a tiny country where you can correct problems very quickly.
 
2012-07-12 04:31:23 PM

PIP_the_TROLL: Oh, and a few years ago around the same time we had an infestation of some kind of plant-killing insect (I can't remember the details right now). They did one of those targeted predator releases with infertile wasps or something and again, a spectacular success. We wiped that one out in like three or four months.

Sometimes it's a real boon living in a tiny country where you can correct problems very quickly.

i3.squidoocdn.com
 
2012-07-12 04:49:29 PM
Those Doppler images that appear to show clouds over the Florida Big Bend? Nuh-uh. Swarms of skeeters.

/TS Debby

//biatch
 
2012-07-12 04:57:00 PM

StoPPeRmobile: Fish eat the larva but I figure you already know that.


I read that, and then I wonder if a species so delicate that it subsists only on the larvae of one specific insect is worth keeping around.
 
2012-07-12 05:15:02 PM
I had dengue 10 years ago on one of my stints in Colombia, and it was the most horrible I have felt in my life.

Kill all the damn mosquitos.
 
2012-07-12 05:48:04 PM

tricycleracer: StoPPeRmobile: Fish eat the larva but I figure you already know that.

I read that, and then I wonder if a species so delicate that it subsists only on the larvae of one specific insect is worth keeping around.


Rainbow Trout, biatch!

www.bullsandbeavers.com

Best tasting fish, in the world.

Fun as hell to catch.

My concern is the microscopic life that can be affected. I'm thinking algae blooms.
 
2012-07-12 07:34:45 PM
You're doing it backwards. You need a group of genetically modified humans with fly swatters to go after the mosquitos.

With all the genetically modified food, this may happen quicker than any predictions, with no effort needed to develop such humans.

i161.photobucket.com
 
2012-07-12 11:03:59 PM
My issue. Dengue fever is really rare in Florida. Everywhere else they've been released it could legitimately be argued that the mosquitoes are a real health risk but, for the most part, that is not the case in Florida.

Mosquitoes make up a very large amount of biomass whether we like them or not. Getting rid of them will send ripples through both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
 
2012-07-12 11:17:20 PM
Won't somebody think of the bats?
 
2012-07-13 09:48:26 AM

give me doughnuts: Won't somebody think of the bats?


Won't affect them much at all. Mosquitoes are very small (technical term) and not an ideal target for a relatively large hungry flying animal. Their consumption of mosquitoes is incidental while targeting other insects worth chasing.

I know a few bats and this is what they told me.
 
2012-07-13 11:51:42 AM
Remember when the stupid lefties were going on about the hole in the ozone layer back in 1999? Wasn't the key to their scam there something about mosquitoes would die off so dragonflies would starve so birds would starve so eventually humans would die?

All green liberal tards have to oppose use of genetically modified mosquitoes. Otherwise global warming/hole in ozone/climate change/global cooling/cutting down the rainforest wins.
 
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