Today's Quote

“If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” Thomas Jefferson

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

According to the Natural News article here, the state of Florida is set to release thousands of genetically modified mosquitoes. Apparently, these mosquitoes have an extra gene and without treatment with tetracyline will die. Supposedly, these mosquitoes will mate with wild populations and transfer the gene so that wild populations will die without tetracycline treatment as well. Am I the only one who sees this as a bad idea? The biologist in me is absolutely going nuts as this has the potential for destroying a balanced ecosystem. Bats, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish all depend on mosquitoes and mosquito larvae for food. Are we going to see large reductions in the numbers of these populations, some of which are barely hanging on by a thread anyway because of this. Has anyone thought about the long term repercussions of this action? I don't think they have, just like they didn't think about the effects of spraying DDT back in the 60s and 70s and how that would eventually wind up damaging the raptor populations and song bird populations. Then what about the effect if one of these SM mosquitoes bites a human. We already know that mosquitoes transfer other viruses (which are genetic material) to humans, so what happens if they transfer this particular genetic material? Admittedly most of the mosquitoes will be male which don't bite but they will be releasing some female mosquitoes and then once they breed with the wild population that genetic code will be in both male and female populations. I hate mosquitoes as much as the next person, but I also believe that we need to understand and work within an ecosystem without potentially sending it into a tailspin. God put mosquitoes here for a reason, so obviously they belong and are necessary or He wouldn't have done so. We experience issues with out of balance ecosystems all the time. I don't know, but I think this is a very very bad idea. I think man needs to quit playing God because we are so going to pay for it in the end. Blessings, Kat


teekaroo said...

Can't they just make it so mosquito bites don't itch? :)

Kat said...

Now that might actually be a good idea! LOL!