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GM Mosquitoes Released In Cayman Islands…A Year Ago

GM Mosquitoes Released In Cayman Islands…A Year Ago

What if someone suddenly told you that you were an involuntary participant in a science experiment that started a year ago?

Thanks to an international announcement that GM mosquitoes were released in the Cayman Islands a year ago, without public knowledge or consent, many scientists and citizens are experiencing that unique blend of shock and dismay.

SciDev reports: “The trial of the OX513A strain of the dengue-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquito, developed by UK biotechnology company Oxitec, was carried out on Grand Cayman island by the Cayman Islands’ Mosquito Research and Control Unit (MRCU) in 2009, followed by a bigger release between May and October this year.”

According to the article, this experiment constituted the first known release of GM mosquitoes anywhere in the world.

Apparently, the purpose of the study was to discover a method for controlling mosquitoes and the transmission of disease, like dengue fever, which recently resurfaced in Miami.

Although the researchers claim that they recieved proper approval from several Cayman Islands’ government departments before the release, and that there was a newspaper article and public consultation, this is the first time that many in the community are hearing about it.

Oxitec is reporting an 80 percent reduction in the wild mosquito population during the course of the experiment.

It is not yet known if there will be long term negative effects of the mosquito’s presence for either humans or wildlife in the Cayman Islands.

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9:01AM PDT on Jun 1, 2011

These are just 'terror threats' to our minds. Get with it, and take the approach of 'armoring yourself with good immunity'.
The kingdom of heaven is within ones self!
Do NOT buy commercially produced products.
But only locally, from area farmers.
Be sure that you are aware that we have evolved 1,500,000 years on meat, eggs, and good fats! Including PROPER use and procedures of preparation of foods!
There is a woman on Weston-Price foundation (google it) that has several studies done on ancient and isolated peoples. THEY ARE THE HEALTHIEST PEOPLE ALIVE!
Her lectures are eye-opening on what we, as a fast disappearing people, are not aware of!
THAT, my dear friends, is 'where it's at' here.
Good luck, and be blessed!

8:18PM PST on Jan 15, 2011

Gina H. reflects my feelings. We have been deceived so often to our detriment, that I wouldn't at all be surprised that I have been a guinea pig all my life. Soldiers, the perfect captive audience, have been experimented on, without their knowledge, for decades. It only surfaces when there is a whistleblower or documents surface, after a length of time.

And we wonder why the surge in cancers in the modern world? We and our world are polluted, and as many commenters have said, they have been refused treatment by insurance companies, the ultimate deceivers. The very simple and ultimate answer is GREED. Life doesn't matter, only money for a small entitled group at the top.

9:08PM PST on Dec 10, 2010

i'm allergic to mosquitoes it i'll turn into a little golf ball when i get bit

11:47AM PST on Dec 2, 2010


1:13AM PST on Dec 1, 2010

I didn't explain how this illness had effected the quality of my life as well as others. I was also on TV showing my lesions in a Health segment. A famous baseball player also contracted this disease as well as Joni Mitchell. Many say it's all in our heads, but I could never see anyone who would want this illness. On my second appearance on TV (right before there was a clinical study to begin with Kaiser and the CDC) the main reporter and crew noticed how much I had improved .... They were speechless. Although it was risky taking this medication it has seemed to overcome whatever parasite I had. I was living a Hellish nightmare believe me.

1:05AM PST on Dec 1, 2010

Pretty sure I have Chronic Lyme Disease as I had an "inconclusive test by a very well-known laboratory here in Northern CA. Doctors and Kaiser deny Chronic Lyme exists so no one gets treatment as it is very intensive and expensive. I also was experiencing symptoms of Morgellons which seems to be a co-infection with Lyme. It causes fibers and slow-healing lesions. I did take a parasitic medication used on horses and cattle for 4 years and now my symptoms are pretty much gone. Those with these disease have been in touch with the CDC but we are ignored as we believe the government may be responsible or some other nano lab released this. We probably will never know. So who knows what is out there as far as GM plant and animal life. Plumb Island released Lyme with it's experiments on whatever they are "creating" ... a very scary issue indeed.

10:14AM PST on Nov 28, 2010

I imagine much of the world population has already served as a giant "guinea pig" for various experiments conducted by corporate profiteers & power mongers. Those in power intend to remain there and will always seek ways to ensure that. They tell us it is for "the greater good" when their true motivations are anything but altruistic. It will always be about the manipulation of nature for their own greatest profit. Just think... with this new "experiment", will probably require billions in dollars to fix the new mess they will create.

7:52AM PST on Nov 28, 2010

So why not let the people know in advance? I know why, so do you.

4:25AM PST on Nov 28, 2010

Samantha, with all "due respect", that logic is insane. You said, "nature makes illnesses to control populations or whatever eles may effect an eco system"? If that logic prevailed, then during the Dark Ages, they should have just ignored the plague and let Mother Nature run her course. We should never try to correct "birth defects", fight disease or find cures for them.

Alan B., not exactly sure what you're suggesting, but trying to genetically modify DUBYA is a bit too late, he's already been hatched.

11:08PM PST on Nov 27, 2010

i don`t think scientists should change nature

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