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That's good you can avoid it in some way. Here, they monitor the traps and only spray when the count is high. Plus they do larvaciding in the spring, spraying standing water in ditches. We can also call and get our house in the no spray zone, so if enough people do it on a street, we won't get sprayed directly at all.

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4/7/13 11:56 P

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You're lucky, Wolfie!
We've been exempt except this past summer where they drove thru every neighborhood and sprayed all the yards and houses, because of West Nile. Thankfully they used a pyrethrin spray which decays in sunlight over the course of a few days.

I turned my air conditioner off that night and left it off the following day so that the fumes would not be sucked into my house thru the air conditioner.

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Thanks MZZChief. Thankfully around here, spraying isn't done as much for mosquitoes.

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4/7/13 2:38 P

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I don't like genetic modification in my food, however that said, there are some great things to be had from Genetic Modification. Its not all bad.

Such as the insulin all insulin dependent diabetics use, made by recumbent DNA technology... genetic modification of brewers yeast, e. coli and now safflowers!

Who'd thunk it?

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I have not read the actual facts of the Franken Skeeter Progect upon which the opinion of this author is based.

But based on what I do know... here's the answers to the questions at the end of the article:

1."Firstly, dengue fever is caused by a virus."
True. A virus that is carried and spread by female mosquitoes.

" So I'm not entirely sure how the antibiotic tetracycline will help fight dengue fever".
Its doesn't help fight dengue fever. The only bearing that Tetracycline has on this picture, is that if one of the genetically modified mosquitoes bites someone who is taking tetracycline, that mosquito may live a longer life. As said earlier in the article, "the antidote is tetracycline". Notice that they are only modifying males. Male mosquitoes usually feed on plants... not blood. Its the females that need the protein and minerals of a blood meal to produce their egg rafts.

"As we all know antibiotics are only effective against bacterial infections."
True. But in the genetically altered male mosquitoes, for whatever reason, the tetracycline increases their life span.

2. Secondly, if the plan is to use tetracycline to only kill the mosquitoes,
False premise. IF what was said earlier about tetracycline in the feed of the experimental mosquitoes is true...IF the author hasn't mixed up the facts, the tetracycline prolongs the male mosquitoes life. Which actually might be a good thing, because it will allow them to get their defective genes into the gene pool, so that defective males will be produced to mate with fertile females, over time reducing the population of mosquitoes. And this is if the male mosquitoes bite a human on the antibiotic... which they generally don't do.

"... is there not also a possibility that the mosquitoes will transmit the antibiotic to humans… causing a greater surge in antibiotic resistance, which is already a global concern."

Females bite humans, not males. Even so, you're not going to get antibiotic resistance from a mosquito bite. That's so ridiculous that it makes me wonder if the author is making a joke.

3. "While the FDA mulls that over, residents of the Keys debate the prospect of becoming guinea pigs in this experiment. But if this scheme ends in disaster, the devastating effects could easily reach far beyond sunny Florida. "

LOL Since I know people who live in the Keys, and have been there many times, let me tell you what they currently do to control mosquitoes. They send in trucks filled with pesticides and routinely gas the foliage along the roads. I've had the misfortune of being there, and witnessed it. They also do fly overs.

They've done experiments with sterile fruit flies in the past that operated on a similar model with great results. It doesn't stop them, but it slows the populations roll.

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Right now, the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) are considering a programme that would release millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys area, in the US.

Experimenting with huge insect populations, the birds and animals that eat them and the health of hundreds of thousands of people is nothing more than science gone completely crazy.

Behold the Franken-mosquito

Here's how the plan will work: Scientists will insert an altered gene in male mosquitoes that will disrupt cells.

Offspring of the males inherit the cell-disrupting gene. They die young before they can breed. And the mosquito population is reduced.

Now… Here's the catch. There's an antidote. If the original males or their offspring ingest a bit of the antibiotic tetracycline, they might survive.

What are the chances these man-altered mutants will pick up some tetracycline?

Here's the funny thing.

When the Franken-mosquitoes were first developed, researchers fed them cat food. The cat food contained chicken meat. The meat came from chickens that received — yep — tetracycline. Nearly 20 per cent of the gene-altered mosquitoes survived.

Oops!

But the company that developed this scheme says there's no reason to worry. They say the chances of this happening in the wild are "negligible."

Okay. Two things…

First — tetracycline is one of the most widely used antibiotics. So read the word "negligible" as "possible."

Second — the cat food episode is a perfect example of how one small detail can turn into a huge problem. When you're talking about genetically modified creatures, nobody knows what can happen. Maybe nothing. Or maybe it disrupts the ecosystem in wildly unpredictable ways.

This plan is fairly new. So far, the UK firm Oxitec that developed the technology has conducted all the research. None of that research has been peer reviewed. So Oxitec is basically saying, "Trust us!"

Specifically, they're saying, "Trust us," to residents of the Florida Keys.

Three years ago, dengue fever caused a small health crisis in the Keys. Dengue fever is an infectious tropical disease caused by the dengue virus, which is primarily transmitted by mosquitoes.

So Oxitec applied for a permit to test the genetically modified mosquitoes down there.

Now I am no scientist, but there are a few flaws in this 'master plan.'

Firstly, dengue fever is caused by a virus. So I'm not entirely sure how the antibiotic tetracycline will help fight dengue fever. As we all know antibiotics are only effective against bacterial infections.

Secondly, if the plan is to use tetracycline to only kill the mosquitoes, is there not also a possibility that the mosquitoes will transmit the antibiotic to humans… causing a greater surge in antibiotic resistance, which is already a global concern.

While the FDA mulls that over, residents of the Keys debate the prospect of becoming guinea pigs in this experiment. But if this scheme ends in disaster, the devastating effects could easily reach far beyond sunny Florida.

And once the genie is out of that bottle…


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