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Hundreds of thousands of genetically modified mosquitoes set to be released into the Florida Keys
Daily Mail ^ | 18:01 EST, 6 December 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter

Posted on 12/06/2012 6:52:36 PM PST by null and void

Hundreds of thousands of genetically modified mosquitoes are awaiting federal approval for release into the Florida Keys as part of an experiment aimed at reducing the risk of dengue fever.

Officials are targeting the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes because they can spread dengue fever, a disease health officials thought had been eradicated in the U.S. until 93 cases originated in the Keys in 2009 and 2010.

The trial planned by mosquito control officials and the British company Oxitec would release non-biting male mosquitoes that have been genetically modified to pass along a birth defect that kill their progeny before reaching maturity.

The district's website says the modified genes will disappear from the environment after the mosquitoes carrying it die, resulting in no permanent change to the wild mosquito population. The district also says that the mosquito species isn't native to the Keys, nor is it an integral food source for other animals.

A University of Florida professor who studies mosquito control said Oxitec's technology works and evidence from the company's experiments elsewhere show it can control mosquito populations, but it's not clear whether its methods are as effective at controlling the risk of disease transmission.

The mosquito control district wouldn't need any local permit for the trial, either, but officials held a public meeting earlier this year and have posted information on the agency's website.

Still, it could take years for the FDA to approve the trial.

Oxitec said the USDA's environmental assessment is one of several examples of proof that the trial's risks and methods are being independently evaluated. The company has trials in Brazil, the Cayman Islands and Malaysia, and it says it's gotten positive reviews from the latter two governments. It also cites its published research in peer-reviewed journals.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; US: Florida
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A made for the SyFy channel movie in the making...
1 posted on 12/06/2012 6:52:42 PM PST by null and void
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To: null and void

You mean they don’t want to put a permanent dent in world mosquito populations?

Who’d weep if mosquitoes became extinct?


2 posted on 12/06/2012 6:58:48 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: null and void

Can’t see this going wrong......


3 posted on 12/06/2012 6:59:51 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: null and void

Nothing can go wrong.


4 posted on 12/06/2012 7:00:08 PM PST by rsobin
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To: null and void
This is a standard strategy for disease vectors like mosquitoes. Hope it works.
5 posted on 12/06/2012 7:00:15 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Pride in the USA
What could possibly go wrong?


6 posted on 12/06/2012 7:00:22 PM PST by lonevoice (Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Who’d weep if mosquitoes became extinct?

Bats. :)

7 posted on 12/06/2012 7:01:06 PM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: null and void

This should be good.
Hope it works out better than the introduction of Melaleucas to help dry up water and have become an invasive....Not sure but I think Kudzu was another brain child of the gvmnt too?


8 posted on 12/06/2012 7:01:17 PM PST by CGASMIA68
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To: HiTech RedNeck
There's something very creepy and dangerous about a government action, designed to kill living things, being let loose as an "experiment"
9 posted on 12/06/2012 7:01:52 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're truePRIMO !!)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

The problem is that the most effective pesticides against mosquitoes also kill bugs that are useful (like bees). This would be a useful experiment.


10 posted on 12/06/2012 7:02:34 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: null and void
Already done by Syfy in 2005 as Mansquito. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mansquito
11 posted on 12/06/2012 7:02:34 PM PST by Redcitizen (.)
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To: null and void

someone post a ‘Food of the Gods’ (lame D grade 70s movie) picture stat!


12 posted on 12/06/2012 7:03:12 PM PST by Hammerhead
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Most animals have has a purpose.Some food for others,just say’en


13 posted on 12/06/2012 7:03:13 PM PST by CGASMIA68
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To: t1b8zs

Ask West Virginia about multi flora rose.


14 posted on 12/06/2012 7:03:19 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're truePRIMO !!)
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To: null and void

A made for the SyFy channel movie in the making..
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
Have been infested with ‘stink bugs’ last couple of years and they inevitably get indoors- so the cats spot and stalk them and I capture them and flush them down the toilet.

BUT...have septic system and I get weird visions of mutant stink bugs coming out of the ground and REALLY overrunning the countryside.


15 posted on 12/06/2012 7:04:12 PM PST by xrmusn (6/98 "It is virtually impossible to clean the pond as long as the pigs are still crapping in it")
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To: null and void

What could possibly go wrong?

*facepalm*


16 posted on 12/06/2012 7:04:39 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: rsobin

remember when MTBE was the “solution”??

lolz


17 posted on 12/06/2012 7:06:09 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: null and void

I killed a mosquito here in Wisconsin that had a tick on it.


18 posted on 12/06/2012 7:06:09 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: null and void

I remember a teacher telling our class back around 1960 that the University of Florida had ended a common animal disease caused by screwworms.

I am not sure he was right but he said they released millions of sterile flies of that type. Maybe they are doing something similar with mosquitoes.


19 posted on 12/06/2012 7:07:42 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: knarf

Ask me I go through gallons of round up to control that crap on my 40+ acres here in the NE.
If I stay in Fl for a full year season and dont come up I am screwed.


20 posted on 12/06/2012 7:07:53 PM PST by CGASMIA68
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To: gorush

mosquito’s and ticks are mating!!

The Lime Mosticko is born!!


21 posted on 12/06/2012 7:08:36 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: gorush

Cross breading


22 posted on 12/06/2012 7:09:19 PM PST by CGASMIA68
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To: t1b8zs

Don’t forget Nutrias. Didn’t the Government bring them in for fur farms?


23 posted on 12/06/2012 7:11:02 PM PST by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: null and void

Nothing could go wrong with this. Just google melaleuca plant, pythons,the River of Grass restoration, etc.


24 posted on 12/06/2012 7:11:40 PM PST by John 3_19-21 (Are we the ones living in the bubble?)
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To: GeronL

Check out Plum Island just across from Lyme Ct.
Rumers say thats where the disease originated and got “out”


25 posted on 12/06/2012 7:11:50 PM PST by CGASMIA68
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To: Mr. Jeeves

I figured that someone ate mosquitoes. Well we can’t starve those bats can we?


26 posted on 12/06/2012 7:12:09 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Who’d weep if mosquitoes became extinct?

Rachel Carson

27 posted on 12/06/2012 7:13:45 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Republicans have made themselves useless, toothless, and clueless.)
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To: John 3_19-21

melaleucas have a seed pod that pops like pop corn and when the glades burn these things cause the tree to go nuts and sped like crazy..
No “E” I dont make this stuff up!


28 posted on 12/06/2012 7:15:31 PM PST by CGASMIA68
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To: t1b8zs

sped = spread


29 posted on 12/06/2012 7:16:33 PM PST by CGASMIA68
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To: null and void
Flashback: Andy Stern Joins SIGA's Board of Directors ... SIGA has antiviral programs targeting smallpox and other Category A pathogens, including arenaviruses (Lassa fever, Junin, Machupo, Guanarito, Sabia, and lymphocytic choriomeningitis), dengue virus, and the filoviruses http://investor.siga.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=481181
30 posted on 12/06/2012 7:22:26 PM PST by opentalk
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To: null and void

31 posted on 12/06/2012 7:22:49 PM PST by Brandonmark (OWCM is The new American Minority!)
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http://investor.siga.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=481181


32 posted on 12/06/2012 7:24:26 PM PST by opentalk
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To: null and void

Just wondering......... aren’t mosquito larvae a major food source for the baby fish in the everglades?


33 posted on 12/06/2012 7:25:22 PM PST by John 3_19-21 (Are we the ones living in the bubble?)
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To: GeronL
mosquito’s and ticks are mating!!

new Union members in the making

34 posted on 12/06/2012 7:31:48 PM PST by digger48
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To: digger48

MOSTICKO: New SyFy Channel Horror Movie of the Week


35 posted on 12/06/2012 7:33:19 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Who’d weep if mosquitoes became extinct?

I'm pretty sure Bats would

36 posted on 12/06/2012 7:40:03 PM PST by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: Shadowstrike

I’ve never heard a grown bat cry.


37 posted on 12/06/2012 7:41:23 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: null and void

Another real successful one was Kudzu.


38 posted on 12/06/2012 7:46:38 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: t1b8zs
Florida Dengue Fever Outbreak Leads Back to CIA and Army Experiments
39 posted on 12/06/2012 7:47:01 PM PST by Brandonmark (OWCM is The new American Minority!)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

LOL.


40 posted on 12/06/2012 7:50:59 PM PST by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: null and void

What could possibly go wrong?


41 posted on 12/06/2012 7:55:52 PM PST by upchuck (America's at an awkward stage. Too late to work within the system, too early to shoot the bastards.)
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To: John 3_19-21
Just wondering......... aren’t mosquito larvae a major food source for the baby fish in the everglades?

Yes, but there are PLENTY of native mosquito species in Florida.

42 posted on 12/06/2012 7:56:56 PM PST by null and void (Going Galt: The won't of the people)
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To: null and void

Messing with the genes of animals that live off our blood and pass our blood around... What could possibly go wrong??


43 posted on 12/06/2012 8:00:56 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: John 3_19-21

If a pond has fish in it, there will not be many mosquitoes produced in that pond. As you say, the fish will eat the wigglers or larvae.

They really are prodcued by mud puddles or any standing water which has no fish in it. I forget the details but they can live and I think reproduce in high grass.


44 posted on 12/06/2012 8:04:15 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

They are the only polinators for some small flowers. I think I could live without the flowers.


45 posted on 12/06/2012 8:16:07 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: t1b8zs

Crossbow works way better and doesn’t harm non woody stemmed plants.


46 posted on 12/06/2012 8:23:56 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Who’d weep if mosquitoes became extinct?

Bats and birds like swallows would die off as well.

EVERYTHING you do has consequences, some you foresee and many that don't come to light until there is a major backlash. Even Ralph Nader has come around to admit the major mistake of his life was to work for the banning of DDT. Millions of people, mainly children have died of malaria since the ban went into effect. DDT was and still is the most effective way to control malaria carrying mosquitoes.

It's not nice to fool with mother nature...she has a way of turning around and biting you in the butt.

Regards,
GtG

PS I would not miss ticks however!

47 posted on 12/06/2012 8:51:21 PM PST by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Carson’s new book, “Silent Camping.”


48 posted on 12/06/2012 8:51:42 PM PST by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: null and void

Dengue? Here I was worrying about West Nile virus!


49 posted on 12/06/2012 8:56:24 PM PST by Seizethecarp (Defend aircraft from "runway kill zone" mini-drone helicopter swarm attacks: www.runwaykillzone.com)
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To: null and void

hundreds of thousands.....I have that meny in my back yard and I live in Indiana....and its 30 degrees!!


50 posted on 12/06/2012 8:58:11 PM PST by terycarl
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