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Science & Tech  (tags: Genetic Engineering, Florida Keys, environment, mosquitoes, health, safety, ecosystems, scientists, experiment, humans )

- 1018 days ago -
Imagine a company releasing millions of experimental, genetically engineered, biting insects into a populated island environment, (Florida Keys). Sounds like the plot to a new Jurassic Park, doesn't it? unfortunately, this plot is very real. Tell FDA NO!


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Donna T (0)
Wednesday April 6, 2016, 7:20 am
thank you

Animae C (508)
Wednesday April 6, 2016, 7:49 am
Thanks for taking action.

Thanx Natascha

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Wednesday April 6, 2016, 8:05 am
S&N, Thanks

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 6, 2016, 8:34 am
Signed-thx Natascha

Evelyn B (63)
Wednesday April 6, 2016, 9:58 am
Not science fiction! We've already been reading about, & posting articles about, these creatures - the area of Brazil with the microcephaly epidemic is a zone where they've already been released ... ...I don't have time to search the links now, but Judy C posted an excellent article about Brazil.

Delighted to sign!!
Oxytec's GM mosquitoes haven't yet been proven to have a significant impact of diminishing prevalence of dengue & chikungunya in the various filed testings to date - so although there is no proven causal link with Zika prevalence, let alone microcephaly & Guillain-Barre epidemic situations, it would seem wiser to delay further introduction of these GM insects.

Nicola F (0)
Wednesday April 6, 2016, 12:42 pm

Debbie G (306)
Wednesday April 6, 2016, 3:01 pm
Signed. Thanks.

Roger G (148)
Wednesday April 6, 2016, 4:10 pm
noted, thanks

Hartson Doak (39)
Wednesday April 6, 2016, 11:09 pm
The company breeds and releases into the wild male mosquitoes that don't produce viable offspring. When females mate with the GMO males, they lay eggs that hatch but the larvae die before adulthood. Oxitec says trials conducted in Brazil and other countries over the past decade show releasing bioengineered male mosquitoes can reduce the wild Aedes aegypti population by 90 percent. Granted that this is provided info from the company that developed this mosquito. That being said, if it is close to being true, I am for this. More people have died from the mosquito than EVERY war that humans have ever had. The males are the only ones released. There is NO danger of getting bitten.

Nadir Dönmez (0)
Thursday April 7, 2016, 1:22 am
thanks for sharing

Evelyn B (63)
Thursday April 7, 2016, 2:43 am
Hartson - if one reads other studies, the reduction in numbers of mosquitoes hasn't actually been that significant - and more important, the reduction in incidence of the main diseases (dengue, chikugunya) hasn't been proved.

In fact, the sterility hasn't always been that effective. Tetracycline (I think it is this, used also as a prophylaxis for malaria) is a "trigger" to end the sterility (according to a report on Oxytec's site) - and in Brazil, Tetracycline is heavily prescribed ... which means that there is excess tetracycline that goes into the sewage systems, and hence into standing water .... where these mosquitoes breed. This has been discussed in the many posts about Zika & microcephaly in January & early February.

What has yet to be studied (or maybe shared?) is ... when the sterility is reversed, what residual changes due to GM are then passed on to the next generation?

The reality of chloroquine-resistant malaria forms (falciparum) demonstrated mosquitoes capacity to mutate to defend themselves against treatments designed to prevent continuation of their species. Do the scientists have any idea what mutation can occur when the sterility is reversed?

I'd feel far more reassured if they'd wait until this Zika/microcephaly/GM mosquitoes/insecticides problem is more thoroughly researched before introducing more GM mosquitoes into areas .....
My home area is among those where further field testing is also planned.

But the company will lose money if they wait for better confirmation that their GM is unrelated to the Brazil/ Latin America (soon, global) crisis.

Birgit W (160)
Thursday April 7, 2016, 2:24 pm

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday April 7, 2016, 3:30 pm
Message sent. Noted. Thanks, Natascha.

Nita L (127)
Thursday April 7, 2016, 4:16 pm
Noted, S&S. Thank you Natascha.

Margie FOURIE (148)
Thursday April 7, 2016, 6:12 pm
Why oh why? We already have problems with the mosquitos that we have.

Sheila D (28)
Thursday April 7, 2016, 6:53 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks, Natascha.
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