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Old 05-08-2021, 07:55 AM
 
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https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-01186-6


After a decade of fighting for regulatory approval and public acceptance, a biotechnology firm has released genetically engineered mosquitoes into the open air in the United States for the first time. The experiment, launched this week in the Florida Keys — over the objections of some local critics — tests a method for suppressing populations of wild Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which can carry diseases such as Zika, dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever.
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Old 05-08-2021, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Queens, New York
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Hopefully this helps curtail disease spreading.
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Old 05-08-2021, 07:28 PM
 
Location: north bama
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just like kudzu was brought here to contain soil erosion in the south ,, it has taken over .. carp fish were brought here to contain grass growth in lakes and rivers ,, the carps have taken over .. starlings were brought from england to contain cow dung beetles during horse riding days ,, they found better thins to eat than beetles .. all good plans dont turn out so good ..
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Old 05-09-2021, 05:33 AM
 
Location: NJ
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This will not end well!

An individual species cannot be viewed in isolation. the entire cascade of life is impacted.

What will fill the niche of the missing species???

Likely a non native species with more issues than Aedes eg. hundreds of Aedes varieties exist.

Asian Tiger mosquito, which the CDC issued warnings for back in the 1980s.

Perhaps a more aggressive species and a vector for more deadly diseases.

How long before we discover how colossal a mistake, in a litany of other nature oblivious mistakes the government has made?

Same people you want running your health care.
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Old 05-13-2021, 01:45 AM
 
Location: Pacific Northwest
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I cannot believe this was approved. Back when this story first released someone had mentioned that it may harm bats who eat high volume of mosquitos. I hadn't thought of that but it makes sense. Very foolish decision.
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Old 05-15-2021, 06:47 AM
 
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I cannot believe this was approved. Back when this story first released someone had mentioned that it may harm bats who eat high volume of mosquitos. I hadn't thought of that but it makes sense. Very foolish decision.
How does decreasing the population of female mosquitos harm bats? Cite.

I think this is a far better alternative to pesticides, which are exponentially more harmful to the environment.
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Old 05-15-2021, 06:00 PM
 
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How does decreasing the population of female mosquitos harm bats? Cite.

I think the hypothesis would be that fewer mosquitoes means less food for bats. Its possible other mosquitoes will fill the void, but whenever you remove something from an ecosystem other things are affected in some way, often difficult to determine in the short term.
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Old 05-18-2021, 07:53 PM
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Location: Tazewell Co., VA
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Frankensquitter...
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Old 05-19-2021, 08:43 AM
 
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Old 05-19-2021, 09:08 AM
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Mosquitozilla...no wait.. mosquitodactyl...
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