TIL Bioengineered male (non-biting) mosquitoes were released in Florida to mate with (biting) females in May 2021, the 1st US trial. The genetically modified males pass a gene that kills female progeny in early larval stages. The goal is to suppress Aedes aegypti which can carry diseases like Zika.

Read more: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-01186-6

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  1. I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand it’s trying to prevent serious human diseases. On the other hand, mosquitoes are a vital part of their ecosystems because they are food to so many other things, such as fish, reptiles, amphibians and birds. Take them out and the whole system is kinda buggered.

  2. Florida logic:

    Wearing masks and taking vaccines to prevent a disease thats killed hundreds of thousands of people and infected many more is bad because it goes against God’s plan, we should just trust our natural immune systems to protect us.

    Also Florida logic:

    Causing the mass genocide of a species by removing their ability to reproduce through manipulation of the genetic code, literally rewriting gods plan to suit your whims, is totally fine as a preventative measure for a disease so rare that According to the CDC it had a case count in the single digits in the USA for the last two years combined.

    Zika case counts link

    https://www.cdc.gov/zika/reporting/2020-case-counts.html

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