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Date: 11-09-2017

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According to a report in Nature, the Environmental Protection Agency told the Lexington (Ky.) - based startup MosquitoMate that “it could release the bacterium Wolbachia pipientis into the environment as a tool against the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus).”

The lab-grown mosquitoes developed by MosquitoMate seek to eliminate the disease-carrying Asian tiger mosquito. (Aedes albopictus, shown here) | Courtesy of NatureThe lab-grown mosquitoes developed by MosquitoMate seek to eliminate the disease-carrying Asian tiger mosquito. (Aedes albopictus, shown here) | Courtesy of Nature

Translation: The company can release lab-grown, bacteria-infected, so-called killer mosquitoes in 20 states and Washington, D.C., Nature reported. As described by MosquitoMate, “Our ZAP male mosquitoes (non-biting!) are released prior to the mosquito season to begin the suppression of the mosquito breeding season.”

According to Quartz, “When bacteria-infected males mate with uninfected females, the females produce eggs that don’t hatch. In addition, infected mosquitoes are less likely to spread disease.”

 

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0 #2 Gator 2017-11-16 22:14
Florida already tried to go after mosquitoes. All they ended up doing is creating love bugs? They don't do anything to help and leave your cars covered with dead corpses with super glue as blood.
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+3 #1 Poison 2017-11-09 22:06
Well, I wonder how much study has been done on what happens after their job is done. Will they mate with other mosquitoes and breed some other infection insect. I don't trust our government to genetically manufacture anything then say it is safe. They really don't have a good record in science, food safety, water safety, agriculture, etc.
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