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(Mirror.co.uk)   Scientists are developing mutant mosquitoes that can't detect the smell of human flesh   ( mirror.co.uk) divider line
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2017-08-18 08:31:23 PM  
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2017-08-18 09:39:29 PM  
Only problem is that I don't see this spreading through the population very quickly.
 
2017-08-18 09:40:12 PM  
I f*cking love science.
 
2017-08-18 09:50:00 PM  
All you hippies who want to offer up your flesh and blood to the non-GMO skeeters in the name of harmony and dharma, knock yourselves out.
 
2017-08-18 10:05:06 PM  
Science!
 
2017-08-18 10:06:56 PM  
So how do they smell?
 
2017-08-18 10:18:03 PM  

skiinstructor: So how do they smell?


Terrible.

/you knew it was coming
 
2017-08-18 10:33:51 PM  
 
2017-08-18 10:36:38 PM  
I suppose if they can't smell our skin odor, all we have to do is hold our breath.

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And I can hold my breath for a long, long time.
 
2017-08-18 11:45:10 PM  

Delta1212: Only problem is that I don't see this spreading through the population very quickly.


What they could do is use the founder effect - hit mosquitoes hard with insecticide, and then introduce the non-human-favoring mosquitoes into the area afterwards, so that the significant majority of the population have the animal-favoring genes, and the remaining mosquitoes not killed by the insecticide are more likely to mate with the GMO mosquitoes than other natural mosquitoes.
 
2017-08-19 02:09:37 AM  

FrancoFile: All you hippies who want to offer up your flesh and blood to the non-GMO skeeters in the name of harmony and dharma, knock yourselves out.


It blocks the smell of human flesh not unwashed hippies..
 
2017-08-19 03:14:50 AM  
Playing around with an insect that is a major part of the food chain.. can't possibly be any consequences.
 
2017-08-19 03:50:25 AM  
Golden Path
 
2017-08-19 07:23:37 AM  
Can't we just vaccinate all the mosquitoes so they don't carry the harmful diseases?
 
2017-08-19 08:15:29 AM  

Nick Nostril: Can't we just vaccinate all the mosquitoes so they don't carry the harmful diseases?


Do you want autistic mosquitoes?
 
2017-08-19 09:26:51 AM  

FrancoFile: Nick Nostril: Can't we just vaccinate all the mosquitoes so they don't carry the harmful diseases?

Do you want autistic mosquitoes?


Yes, yes I think I do.
 
2017-08-19 09:27:35 AM  
I've been bitten five times this year. No adverse reaction but damn it is annoying.
 
2017-08-19 12:13:08 PM  

Unikitty: I've been bitten five times this year. No adverse reaction but damn it is annoying.


Around here, if you don't go crazy with the DEET, you will end up with five bites in the span of an hour - and that's even after you do your best to shoo away or kill them.
 
2017-08-19 02:02:06 PM  
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Mutant, you say?
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No mercy from this guy.
 
2017-08-19 07:35:22 PM  

stuartp9: Playing around with an insect that is a major part of the food chain.. can't possibly be any consequences.


I think that is the whole point of making the mosquitoes unable to smell humans, rather than making them unable to smell any potential food sources; they should come out the other side of this still in existence, but far less of a nuisance and danger (i.e., diseases like malaria) to humans.

Though, I've heard that many scientists do not believe mosquitoes to play a significant role in the food chain anyway.  Still, any shot at having less of them bite should at the very least be considered.
 
2017-08-19 09:04:50 PM  

stuartp9: Playing around with an insect that is a major part of the food chain.. can't possibly be any consequences.


Mosquitos aren't a major part of any food chain. iirc I read that you could exterminate every single blood sucking type of mosquito with little effect on other species.
 
2017-08-19 10:43:54 PM  

adj_m: stuartp9: Playing around with an insect that is a major part of the food chain.. can't possibly be any consequences.

Mosquitos aren't a major part of any food chain. iirc I read that you could exterminate every single blood sucking type of mosquito with little effect on other species.


They are a part of the food chain, but whether they are a major part is what is debatable.  Mosquito larvae are eaten by fish, and mosquitoes are eaten by spiders, insects and birds.  Even the tiniest change to the food chain can have unintended consequences.
 
2017-08-20 01:23:57 AM  
There's about 3500 species of Mosquito that we know of, and only a couple hundred of those are blood suckers. The gap would be quickly filled if they were exterminated, and the benefits to health (mosquitos are the deadliest insect on the planet) would easily be worth it.

shiat, we extinct entire species for waaaay worse reasons, regularly.
 
2017-08-20 01:32:00 AM  

stuartp9: adj_m: stuartp9:



Woop, meant above post to be a reply.
 
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