Science screws up again, creates monster mosquitos

https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/9947305/deadly-super-mosquitoes-accidentally-created/

GENETICALLY modified mosquitoes that were designed by scientists to help populations decrease are actually thriving.

This is according to new research that claims the plan to create gene-hacked mosquitoes that have offspring which die immediately has spectacularly backfired and now scientists don't know what will happen next.

The modified mosquitoes were released in Jacobina in Brazil and were supposed to mix with the local population and decrease numbers with their weak offspring genetics.

Although the wild population did plummet for a short while, 18 months later it was right back up again.

This is mostly concerning because scientists think the new 'super mosquitoes' have properties that might make them harder to kill.

Research about the pests has been published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports.

Mosquitoes like the Aedes aegypti variety that was edited can carry dangerous diseases like yellow fever, Zika virus and Malaria.

This is why efforts are being made to reduce their numbers.

However, now traces of the genetically modified genes have been found in the natural population.

This means they are successfully interbreeding.

The researchers concluded: "It is unclear how this may affect disease transmission or affect other efforts to control these dangerous vectors."

The offspring of the gene-hacked mosquitoes and the natural ones are thought to be more robust but whether they pose a threat is unknown.

Researcher Jeffrey Powell told News Atlas: "It is the unanticipated outcome that is concerning."

Oxitec, the British biotech company running the project, assured members of the public that this negative result would not happen.

It then released 450,000 genetically mutated mosquitoes into the wild where interbreeding caused the spread of the mutated genes because the offspring failed to die.

Oxitec disagrees with some of the information published in the research paper about its experiment and is said to be working with Nature Research publishers to make changes.

 

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oxitec should be liquidated and the money given to the brazilian government and the scientists and decision makers behind this should go to jail.

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perfect

Easy fix, genetically modified bats. 

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What a bummer. I was really hoping this would work and put an end to mosquitoes. I hate those fucks.

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I remember thinking this when They were going to unleash these in Florida when Zika virus was all the rage a few years ago. 

Nature... finds a way.

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Well theres a shock. 

 

As much as I hate mosquitos, good luck with effectively controlling the population in the long run without causing unforeseen problems.

Mosquitos are an important link in the food chain. If the program was successful, it could have had an impact on the wildlife which feed upon them.

They could have bought a lot of fly swatters for all the money they spent on this project.

This is literally the plot to Jurassic Park, genetic engineering that had a "fail safe" that prevented successful breeding, but nature then found a way to survive through the evolutionary process. Thus, creating genetic mutations that were able to breed.

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iFish - 

Easy fix, genetically modified bats. 


Or dragon flies...

Libtards scratching their heads...." but it's science!"

What killed the humans....scientists!

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This is literally the plot to Jurassic Park, genetic engineering that had a "fail safe" that prevented successful breeding, but nature then found a way to survive through the evolutionary process. Thus, creating genetic mutations that were able to breed.


Ha.

What a shock from the country that brought us Africanized Killer Bees...

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Why not leave buckets of poison blood laying around?