Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes To Be Released In 20 States

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The US Environmental Protection Agency has approved the release of genetically engineered mosquitoes in 20 US states and Washington D.C – what are the implications of this mass experiment?

In early November the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the use of mosquitoes which have been genetically engineered to carry a common bacterium designed to kill mosquitoes that carry dangerous viruses. The news was reported in Natureand later confirmed to Gizmodo by MosquitoMate, the company behind the GE mosquitoes, and the EPA. The EPA said they officially registered MosquitoMate’s Asian Tiger mosquito with a five-year license to sell their lab mosquitoes in 20 states across the nation.

Nature reported:

On 3 November, the agency told biotechnology start-up MosquitoMate that it could release the bacterium Wolbachia pipientis into the environment as a tool against the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus). Lab-reared mosquitoes will deliver the bacterium to wild mosquito populations.

The decision — which the EPA has not formally announced — allows the company, which is based in Lexington, Kentucky, to release the bacteria-infected mosquitoes in 20 US states and Washington DC.

The goal is to have MosquitoMate release the Wolbachia-infected A. albopictus male mosquitoes into the wild to mate with wild females in the hopes that the fertilized eggs do not hatch due to faulty paternal chromosomes. As with all mosquitoes, the laboratory grown male mosquitoes do not bite.  MosquitoMate believes that over time the infected males will help shrink the population of  A. albopictus mosquitoes.

Stephen Dobson, an entomologist at the University of Kentucky in Lexington and founder of MosquitoMate, told Nature that other species of mosquito and other insects are not harmed by the release of the lab mosquitoes. Dobson also stated that MosquitoMate plans to begin selling the mosquitoes locally in Lexington, Kentucky and then from there expand to nearby cities.

The EPA’s decision came after the US Food and Drug Administration approved the release of genetically engineered mosquitoes designed to prevent the spread of the Zika virus. The FDA’s approval was in relation to a field test of genetically modified mosquitoes engineered by the British biotechnology company Oxitec.

Oxitec is the same company involved in a controversial vote in the Florida Keys during the 2016 Election. In that vote, residents of the Key Haven voted against the release of the mosquitoes in their community. However, shortly after, the trials were approved for a different location in the Keys. Despite the approval, opposition to the controversial project has not ceased. In late November 2016, Health News Florida reported that a coalition of groups, including the Center for Food Safety and the Florida Keys Environmental Coalition, have filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Earlier this year the Houston Chronicle reported that Oxitec is working on a deal with Harris County officials to release GE mosquitoes in the Houston area. Oxitec is attempting to sway Houston officials by stating that their product has a nearly 100% success rate. Gizmodo reported:

The company claims that trials in Brazil, Panama and the Cayman Islands have reduced mosquito populations by 90%, calling the success “an unprecedented level” of human control over nature. (The World Health Organization, for it’s [sic]part, has stated that while the technology “has demonstrated the ability to reduce the [mosquito] populations in small-scale field trials” there is still “an absence of data on epidemiological impact.”)

Interestingly, in October 2017, the FDA made another announcement which clarifies that “mosquito-related products intended to function 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 November announce from the EPA and now sets the stage for future experiments with genetically engineered mosquitoes.

Will the first site of genetically engineered mosquitoes be in Houston, the Florida Keys, or one of the newly approved 20 states? Time will tell. For now, it is important to express your thoughts and concerns to local officials. If this is happening in your area and you have concerns, do not sit around doing nothing, or only complain online. Take some type of action. Educate your neighbors and hold your public officials accountable.

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Derrick Broze is an investigative journalist and liberty activist. He is the Lead Investigative Reporter forActivistPost.com and the founder of the TheConsciousResistance.com. Follow him on Twitter. Derrick is the author of three 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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  • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

    “US Food and Drug Administration approved the release of genetically engineered mosquitoes designed to prevent the spread of the Zika virus.”

    Remember: Whatever T.H.E.Y. tell us, the exact opposite is true. ALWAYS.
    And after all, what could POSSIBLY go wrong here, really?

  • darkhorse

    Ohh…goody goody…something to look forward to!! So much fun watching them depopulate the sleeping masses… got your flu shot yet? How bout your pneumonia shot?

    • NonYo Business

      How about your gmo mosquito shot?

      • darkhorse

        well, since no one in Amerikey is getting off their butinsky to do anything about ANYTHING — yeah, darnit! Why not a gmo mosquito shot? The eugenicists have (purposely) set loose the Black Plague (not again?!) …WAY TO GO, Elon, Ted Turner, Prince Philip, Bill Gates, and all you other eugenecists …

      • It’s a coming… wait for it…

    • Arrow

      Tequila shot? Haven’t had one in years but… I’m in.

      • darkhorse

        enjoy!!!

  • endofwatchersbegan1/28/2011

    …having RETRO-VIRUSES that can not be detected, which affect People with a DELAYED and random infection. EXACTLY what is in many vaccines. The ROOT of many diseases who’s cause can not be found. the earth did quite well since it’s beginning. Maybe these MORONS think they are above GOD? They obviously do not believe in God. Why should America accept ANYTHING that this TRASH thinks? INJECT them with the Mosquito BLOOD first, to make some attempt to insure it’s safety. If there is nothing wrong with it then they should not have a problem with it. If they will not allow this mosquito blood to be injected into them then DO NOT allow them to implement it. Put your money where your mouth is.

    • TrevorD

      “Maybe these MORONS think they are above GOD”.
      They are utter psychopaths so that`s exactly what they think.

    • I don’t believe in gods, I do not think that we are the First sentient species to evolve on Earth either. It has nothing to do with Science or Pseudo-Science in the wrong hands – Corporations & Governments.

  • TrevorD

    “what are the implications of this mass experiment”.
    That`s exactly what they want to know. Guinea pigs in an open and somewhat very consenting huge lab?. Not the first time.

    • They’re now treating the world as their own personal lab.
      Squeek !

      • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

        Squeak for yourself, Cybe.

  • SP_88

    It’s just a bunch of bugs. Nothing to worry about. Nothing to see here. Move along. Isn’t there a football game you could be watching?
    What they are telling us doesn’t sound bad. But what they aren’t telling us probably is bad.

  • FollowDaMoney

    From those that gave us Killer Bees…… What could go wrong?

    • darkhorse

      them is umm, da dead bees, now….

  • Rey d’Tutto

    Interestingly enough, Zika cannot be found in the majority of these Zika Hysteria cases.
    What is common to the areas is heavy glyphosate usage, which we know causes microencephalitis (sp?)

  • Jeff

    Like invasive species haven’t messed things up enough, what with the Asian Jumping Carp, Boa Constrictors taking over Florida, Starlings, the Mongoose, and the Zebra Mussels trying to take over. Let’s let science take a crack at destroying all life on the planet. The killer bees didn’t do the job, so let’s release some killer mosquitos and see if that doesn’t do the trick. I keep hoping for some kind of extinction event, but continue to be deeply disappointed.

  • Eric Matthews

    I read the source articles that were completely misinterpreted by some of the journalists at DailySheeple, etc. Not good English comprehension here, much less science comprehension.

    This project has nothing to do with genetic modification, and the so-called “dangerous viruses” aren’t genetically modified either and are only dangerous to you if you have the genitals of an insect.

  • CG Raine

    Which 20 states are they?