Group Proposes Genetically Modified Mosquitoes to Fight Dengue

Ok… I thought I had heard of all the GMO type of products that there were… but now I’m reading that there are genetically modified mosquitoes!

The Department of Science and Technology is looking into the use of genetically modified mosquitoes to combat the dreaded dengue hemorrhagic fever.

In a round table discussion attended by at least 60 Filipino scientists on Monday, foreign scientists from the British company Oxford Insect Technologies (Oxitec) and the National Academy of Sciences proposed their newest technology aimed at eradicating the Aedes aegypti species of dengue-bearing mosquitoes.

Dr. Luke Alphey, co-founder and chief scientist of Oxitec, and Dr. Anthony James, a molecular biologist and a member of NAS, who are both part of the team working on the genetically engineered mosquitoes, are in the country upon the invitation of the DOST.

The scientists have created genetically modified Aedes aegypti male mosquitoes, which, they claim,  if released in the wild and mated with female ones, can produce flightless female offspring…

More here: Group proposes genetically modified mosquitoes to fight dengue.

One Response

  1. While killing off the Aedes Aegypti may help us humans, it’s probably not a good idea when you look at the big picture. Wiping out the species will only have a negative impact on the rest of the ecosystem. All life is important, after all, and killing off these mosquitoes will probably hurt other species as well, aspecially the predators that eat them.

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