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Sudden-Death Mosquitoes : biology, control, death, en, genetics, mosquitoes, pest, science, sudden | Glogster EDU - Interactive multimedia posters. Sudden-Death Pros/ConsSocial & Ethical Issues Future Scope How it is Genetically Modified Evalutate from different POVs From a resident's POV “While we agree that dengue is an ongoing problem that needs to be addressed, we are not entirely convinced that these GM mosquitoes won’t survive and create unknown problems that might have severe repercussions. Yes, using GM mosquitoes to wipe out Aedes aegypti mosquitoes is a good way to solve the problem of dengue, but it has to be safe. We really don’t know what the long-term effects of releasing these GM mosquitoes are, and therefore, until we are assured that this method is 100% foolproof, we will not rest in our objections.”From Oxitec's POV "Introducing these GM mosquitoes is a safe and effective way to lower the population of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits dengue fever.

Reasons for Creation Mosquitoes Done By:Amanda Koh (2)Caitlin Ng (6)Claudia Tan (10)Wee Fang Qing (26)Class: 2G. GM mosquitoes: Risky experiment or life saver? A team of scientists based in the UK has shown that genetically-modified mosquitoes could prove effective in eradicating mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue fever, but critics claim that the proposal is being rushed and is risky.

Oxitec, a British biotech company from nearby Oxford University, is leading the research and development in the fight against insect- transmitted disease. For now it’s focussing on dengue fever, which can lead to excruciating pain and death, but in the future the company hopes to help combat malaria as well. Scientists have created male mosquitoes which are genetically modified so that their offspring die before reproducing, or they themselves fail to find a mate.

Scientists are in effect creating a sterile mosquito. However, as the CEO of Oxitec, Hadyn Parry, explains, they could not wipe out the aees aegypti species of mosquito, the one responsible for the spread of dengue fever, even if they wanted too. Risky business GM activism Life saver. Genetically Modified Mosquito Sparks a Controversy in Florida - Yale E360. When people think of genetically modified organisms, food crops like GM corn and soybeans usually come to mind. But engineering more complex living things is now possible, and the controversy surrounding genetic modification has now spread to the lowly mosquito, which is being genetically engineered to control mosquito-borne illnesses. Marcos Teixeira de Freitas/Flickr An Aedes aegypti mosquito, the species that primarily transmits dengue fever. A U.K. -based company, Oxitec, has altered two genes in the Aedes aegypti mosquito so that when modified males breed with wild females, the offspring inherit a lethal gene and die in the larval stage.

The state agency that controls mosquitos in the Florida Keys is awaiting approval from the federal government of a trial release of Oxitec’s genetically modified mosquitos to prevent a recurrence of a dengue fever outbreak. A genetically engineered mosquito has proven itself in other countries, successfully reducing populations of the insect. Panama. Scientists Genetically Engineer 'Dead End' Mosquitos to Fight Dengue. A controversial plan by U.K. biotechnology firm Oxitec could eliminate a virus that causes 2.3 million infections and 25,000 deaths per year worldwide, but at the expense of driving an entire species to extinction.

Oxitec scientists have engineered flightless female and sterile male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that either cannot reproduce or whose offspring die before reaching maturity. “After an Oxitec mosquito has successfully mated with a wild female, any offspring that result will not survive to adulthood, so the mosquito population declines,” according to the company’s website. “By applying the Oxitec Control Programme to an area, the mosquito population in that area can be dramatically reduced or eliminated.” Their goal is to stop the transmission of dengue fever, which according to the World Health Organization, has spread rapidly in recent decades, putting nearly half of the world’s population at risk for infection. Not in My Backyard: Controversial Testing Full Speed Ahead for Oxitec. Sudden-Death Mosquito by Nicolas Berrios on Prezi.

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