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Rockntractor
12-06-2012, 11:58 PM
Hundreds of thousands of genetically modified mosquitoes set to be released into the Florida Keys in experiment to fight dengue fever

The non-biting male mosquitoes genetically modified would pass along a birth defect killing their progeny before reaching maturity
After a few generations officials say Key West's Aedes aegypti population would die off reducing risk of dengue fever
FL Keys Mosquito Control District: Modified genes will disappear after mosquitoes carrying it die making no permanent change to wild population

By Daily Mail Reporter
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.

Mosquito control officials have requested the Food and Drug Administration's sign off on the experiment that would be the first of its kind in the U.S.

Some residents of the tourist town of Key West worry though on how much research has been done to determine the risks of releasing genetically modified mosquitoes on the Keys' fragile ecosystem.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2244272/Florida-officials-consider-releasing-genetically-modified-non-biting-mosquitoes-battle-dengue-fever.html#ixzz2EKphpAnx
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I'm sure George Noory has a program in the works already!

noonwitch
12-07-2012, 09:56 AM
Is dengue fever a big problem in the Florida Keys?


I don't know if I'd want a bunch of genetically modified mosquitos released near my home. What if the natural predators of mosquitos, like bats, won't eat the frankenmosquitos?

Rockntractor
12-07-2012, 10:21 AM
Is dengue fever a big problem in the Florida Keys?


I don't know if I'd want a bunch of genetically modified mosquitos released near my home. What if the natural predators of mosquitos, like bats, won't eat the frankenmosquitos?

Easy, then we get frankenbats!

Odysseus
12-07-2012, 10:29 AM
Easy, then we get frankenbats!

Frank N. Bats?

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8456/7940373904_662e6d6c06_z_d.jpg

Rockntractor
12-07-2012, 10:37 AM
Frank N. Bats?

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8456/7940373904_662e6d6c06_z_d.jpg

eeeew! we need to sick some Detroit thugs on that!