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Bill Gates Funded the Company Releasing Gene-Hacked Mosquitoes
Futurism ^ | 04/28/2021 | DAN ROBITZSKI

Posted on 05/10/2021 8:05:44 AM PDT by Jan_Sobieski

The British biotech company Oxitec is moving ahead with its controversial plan to release hundreds of millions of gene-hacked mosquitoes, an experimental new form of targeted pest control, in the Florida Keys.

The goal is essentially to introduce a new genetically altered version of the Aedes aegypti mosquito — which can spread diseases like dengue and malaria — that can only hatch male, non-biting offspring, in order to gradually reduce the population.

A connection that has gone mostly unremarked during the experiment’s rollout is the involvement of Microsoft co-founder and public health philanthropist Bill Gates in the funding of the company, confirmed by Oxitec back in 2018, through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Based on past reports, it seems that the Gates Foundation pledged about $4.1 million to Oxitec in 2018 to develop a new mosquito that would target malaria in the Americas, South Asia, and eastern Africa.

Oxitec was also reportedly awarded $5 million for its Aedes mosquitoes — the kind set for release in Florida — through the Gates Foundation’s Global Grand Challenges initiative in 2010. Meanwhile, Science Magazine reported in 2010 that the Gates Foundation had dished out $19.7 million for a project in which Oxitec took part…

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: billgates; eugenics; geneediting; genetic; gmo; mosquito; science
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critics say there are scientific flaws with Oxitec’s plan for the Florida release and insufficient safety testing. There’s no independently-vetted evidence that the mosquitoes will actually reduce disease transmission in Florida or that they won’t cause new problems of their own in the environment. Many in the community say they feel the experiment is being forced on them with no way to opt out other than packing up and leaving the area.

1 posted on 05/10/2021 8:05:44 AM PDT by Jan_Sobieski
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To: Jan_Sobieski

“that can only hatch male, non-biting offspring, in order to gradually reduce the population”

Surely the population completely dies out?


2 posted on 05/10/2021 8:07:40 AM PDT by LordOddsocks
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To: Jan_Sobieski

What will the bats eat?


3 posted on 05/10/2021 8:08:06 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: Jan_Sobieski

>>in order to gradually reduce the population.

Bill Gates says that vaccines will reduce global populations as well and his justification is the belief that people in third world won’t have as many kids if they think that more of them will survive into adulthood.


4 posted on 05/10/2021 8:08:19 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Lean on Joe Biden to follow Donald Trump's example and donate his annual salary to charity. L)
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Isn’t gates one of the every single liberal that wants to drastically reduce global population to save the poley bears?


5 posted on 05/10/2021 8:08:43 AM PDT by dsrtsage (Complexity is merely simplicity lacking imagination)
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To: unixfox

That was my thought/question. How far up the food chain would this go?


6 posted on 05/10/2021 8:09:33 AM PDT by Magnum44 (...against all enemies, foreign and domestic...)
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To: Jan_Sobieski

Kudzu was brought in to stop soil erosion. Waterlilies were introduced because they were pretty. Rabbits in Australia are a disaster. Snakes or cats introduced on any island are biological Armageddon.

I actually can’t think of any manmade introductions that have been good for the environment or that haven’t created another, worse problem.


7 posted on 05/10/2021 8:10:10 AM PDT by Gen.Blather (Wait! I said that out loud? )
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To: Gen.Blather

Like fish dying of starvation?


8 posted on 05/10/2021 8:11:03 AM PDT by dsrtsage (Complexity is merely simplicity lacking imagination)
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To: Gen.Blather

Right-Every human intervention in things like this has failed.

Most failed disastrously never to be reversed!


9 posted on 05/10/2021 8:17:26 AM PDT by SMARTY ( "Force always attracts men of low morality. " Albert Einstein)
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To: Jan_Sobieski

Don’t worry Bill owns planet Earth now


10 posted on 05/10/2021 8:17:29 AM PDT by butlerweave
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To: Jan_Sobieski

The mosquitoes were infected with the “T” virus. Nothing to see here.


11 posted on 05/10/2021 8:21:37 AM PDT by GardenerForLife
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To: LordOddsocks
“that can only hatch male, non-biting offspring, in order to gradually reduce the population”

Sounds like our public school system.
12 posted on 05/10/2021 8:22:36 AM PDT by GardenerForLife
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To: Gen.Blather

Law of unintended consequences


13 posted on 05/10/2021 8:22:43 AM PDT by Jan_Sobieski (Sanctification)
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To: Jan_Sobieski

We’ve seen this movie. Never ends well when we mess with nature.


14 posted on 05/10/2021 8:24:31 AM PDT by Phillyred (Kieran Hussie)
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To: Jan_Sobieski

Bill Gates needs to be locked up.

He keeps making decisions for the whole world and it’s NOT his place.

He is dangerous and needs to be stopped and if it can only be done by death, so be it.

Stop him.


15 posted on 05/10/2021 8:26:12 AM PDT by Irenic ( )
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To: Gen.Blather

“I actually can’t think of any manmade introductions that have been good for the environment or that haven’t created another, worse problem.”

Pheasants? Salmon in the great lakes?


16 posted on 05/10/2021 8:27:25 AM PDT by Beagle8U ("Jim Acosta pissed in the shallow end of the press pool.")
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To: a fool in paradise

Yes, this is his claim, however millions of children in India and Africa have been adversely affected (sterilized, paralyzed, died, etc.) and he is immune to legal action. There is a gap between What he says and what he does


17 posted on 05/10/2021 8:28:06 AM PDT by Jan_Sobieski (Sanctification)
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To: Jan_Sobieski

This is pretty much the way we eliminated cattle screw flies in the Southwest. We released millions and millions of irradiated, sterile screw flies, and cases dropped dramatically.


18 posted on 05/10/2021 8:28:37 AM PDT by VanShuyten ("...that all the donkeys were dead. I know nothing as to the fate of the less valuable animals)
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To: VanShuyten

You say “we.” Did you have a vote on the flies?


19 posted on 05/10/2021 8:31:19 AM PDT by Jan_Sobieski (Sanctification)
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A quick glance at the title made me think that this was an article about Gene Hackman.

Need coffee.....


20 posted on 05/10/2021 8:34:19 AM PDT by RandallFlagg ("Okay. As long as the paperwork is clean, you boys can do what you like out there." -Fifi)
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