Back in the 60′s sterilized screw worm flies were released in south Florida to rid the area of screw worms. It later was done in Texas. Screw worms have been eradicated in Texas. Sounds like a good Idea.
Hi newbie. Where you writing from outside the U.S.?
Be ever so kind to be a test dummy and get bitten by one of these mosquitoes to let the rest of us know if it really is a good idea. Thanks!
It says they won't bite, so I don't see how he could be a test dummy.
They did the same in California citrus country w/sterilized med flies.
Screwworms were eliminated from the entire Southeast. This technology is a step up from sterilization via irradiation. With the screwworms, sterile males were released in hopes they would "shoot blanks" and therefore cause the females to lay infertile eggs. It worked.
This technology, which instead of relying on "blank shooting" instead creates offspring that die before being able to cause harm to humans. It has been successfully tested in the Grand Caymans, so this is no "guinea pig" type of release. No one criticizing this program has clue what they're talking about. They seem to base their beliefs either on works of fiction (Jurassic Park, for instance) or draw unequal parallels with things such as Africanized Honey Bees.
Okay.......I concede that we are being told these mosquitoes won't bite or won't carry a disease if the scientists are wrong.
Now then do you really believe what you are being told by this government?
Well, let's factor government out of it. Oxitec, the company who developed this technology to alter mosquitoes, is private and for profit. In fact, you can find a lot of lib sites with their collective panties in a wad fuming over their business success of Oxitec (disguised as concern over the environment, of course). They have prewritten letters you can submit to Oxitec and all that other good stuff. That should be a signal to the conservatives and libertarians among us that maybe this isn't all bad.
As for the mosquitoes not biting, I am here to tell you, as a libertarian who has just finished his first semester towards his masters in entomology, male mosquitoes WILL NOT bite. Not only do they not feed on blood, they are not physiologically capable of taking blood meal. This technology has fantastic implications for safe pest control.