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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Malaysia releases lab mosquitoes to fight dengue




Malaysia releases lab mosquitoes to fight dengue

To read an article which discusses the fact that the Government of Malysia has released 6,000 genetically modified Aedes aegypti male mosquitoes to mate with females, in order that these females will produce no offspring or ones with shorter lives, thus curtailing the mosquito population please click on the link above this sentence.  Wow female mosquitos which produce no offspring or offspring with shorter lives I am sure we all hope this experiment works!!

To learn more about Aedes aegypti please visit these websites:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aedes_aegypti

http://www.eol.org/pages/740699

Source of image of Aedes Aegypti: http://www.medicinapreventiva.com.ve/articulos/imagenes/aedes_aegypti.jpg

2 comments:

Wahyono Kuntohadi said...

so far .. how is the result? when will we see it? when will the dengue incidence in malaysia be decreased?

Wayne said...

Wahyono thank you for leaving your comment. I have been unable to find any information online regarding whether any scientific information has been released to the public regarding whether this idea has been a success or not. I did find this information which will hopefully answer your some of your questions:

"However, the plan has sparked criticism by some Malaysian environmentalists, who fear it might have unforeseen consequences, such as the inadvertent creation of uncontrollable mutated mosquitoes."

"Critics also say such plans could leave a vacuum in the ecosystem that is then filled by another insect species, potentially introducing new diseases."

"A similar trial in the Cayman Islands last year - the first time genetically modified mosquitoes have been set loose in the wild after years of laboratory experiments and hypothetical calculations - resulted in a dramatic drop in the mosquito population in a small area studied by researchers."

"Government authorities have tried to allay the concerns by saying they are conducting small-scale research and will not rush into any widespread release of mosquitoes." source:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1350708/Genetically-modified-mosquitoes-released-Malaysia-sparks-fears-uncontrollable-new-species.html

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