The US Environmental Protection Agency has authorized the recover of genetically engineered mosquitoes in 20 US states and Washington D.C – what are the implications of this mass experiment?
In early Nov the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authorized the use of mosquitoes which have been genetically engineered to lift a common bacterium designed to kill mosquitoes that lift dangerous viruses. The news was reported in Nature, and after reliable to Gizmodo by MosquitoMate, the company behind the GE mosquitoes, and the EPA. The EPA pronounced they strictly purebred MosquitoMate’s Asian Tiger butterfly with a five-year permit to sell their lab mosquitoes in 20 states opposite the nation.
On 3 November, the group told biotechnology start-up MosquitoMate that it could recover the bacterium Wolbachia pipientis into the sourroundings as a apparatus against the Asian tiger butterfly (Aedes albopictus). Lab-reared mosquitoes will broach the micro-organism to furious butterfly populations.
The decision — which the EPA has not rigourously announced — allows the company, which is formed in Lexington, Kentucky, to recover the bacteria-infected mosquitoes in 20 US states and Washington DC.
The idea is to have MosquitoMate recover the Wolbachia-infected A. albopictus male mosquitoes into the furious to partner with furious females in the hopes that the fertilized eggs do not induce due to inadequate consanguine chromosomes. As with all mosquitoes, the laboratory grown male mosquitoes do not bite. MosquitoMate believes that over time the putrescent males will help cringe the race of A. albopictus mosquitoes.
Stephen Dobson, an entomologist at the University of Kentucky in Lexington and founder of MosquitoMate, told Nature that other class of butterfly and other insects are not spoiled by the recover of the lab mosquitoes. Dobson also settled that MosquitoMate plans to start selling the mosquitoes locally in Lexington, Kentucky and then from there enhance to circuitously cities.
The EPA’s decision came after the US Food and Drug Administration approved the recover of genetically engineered mosquitoes designed to forestall the widespread of the Zika virus. The FDA’s capitulation was in propinquity to a margin test of genetically mutated mosquitoes engineered by the British biotechnology company Oxitec.
Oxitec is the same company concerned in a controversial opinion in the Florida Keys during the 2016 Election. In that vote, residents of the Key Haven voted against the recover of the mosquitoes in their community. However, shortly after, the trials were authorized for a opposite plcae in the Keys. Despite the approval, antithesis to the controversial plan has not ceased. In late Nov 2016, Health News Florida reported that a bloc of groups, including the Center for Food Safety and the Florida Keys Environmental Coalition, have filed a 60-day notice of vigilant to sue the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Earlier this year the Houston Chronicle reported that Oxitec is operative on a understanding with Harris County officials to recover GE mosquitoes in the Houston area. Oxitec is attempting to lean Houston officials by stating that their product has a scarcely 100% success rate. Gizmodo reported:
The company claims that trials in Brazil, Panama and the Cayman Islands have reduced butterfly populations by 90%, job the success “an rare level” of human control over nature. (The World Health Organization, for it’s [sic]part, has stated that while the record “has demonstrated the ability to revoke the [mosquito] populations in small-scale margin trials” there is still “an deficiency of information on epidemiological impact.”)
Interestingly, in Oct 2017, the FDA done another proclamation which clarifies that “mosquito-related products dictated to duty as pesticides” are not “drugs” under the Federal Food, Drug, Cosmetic Act, and “will be regulated by the EPA under the Federal Insecticide Act.” This decision led to the Nov announce from the EPA and now sets the theatre for future experiments with genetically engineered mosquitoes.
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Will the first site of genetically engineered mosquitoes be in Houston, the Florida Keys, or one of the newly authorized 20 states? Time will tell. For now, it is critical to demonstrate your thoughts and concerns to internal officials. If this is happening in your area and you have concerns, do not lay around doing nothing, or only complain online. Take some form of action. Educate your neighbors and hold your open officials accountable.
Derrick Broze is an inquisitive publisher and autocracy activist. He is the Lead Investigative Reporter for ActivistPost.com and the founder of the TheConsciousResistance.com. Follow him on Twitter. Derrick is the author of 3 books: The Conscious Resistance: Reflections on Anarchy and Spirituality and Finding Freedom in an Age of Confusion, Vol. 1 and Finding Freedom in an Age of Confusion, Vol. 2
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