Mark Benedict's blog
Researchers who have been devoting themselves to creation of mosquitoes that cannot transmit disease are facing formidable foes: a warm reception for specious arguments and deep pocket anti-GM organizations.Plans to release GM mosquitoes in Malaysia provide a window into the opposition. Will GM mosquitoes be given a chance to improve human health?
There is a vision currently being researched in mosquito laboratories; the possibility that it may be possible to release mosquitoes containing some genetic factor that would drive through wild populations and disable their capacity to transmit disease. Not likely you say?
What do data analysis and hitting mules in the head with a board have in common? Too much. Ouch!
Objectors to applications in public health assert that because it is impossible to obtain informed consent that the technology is inadequate. What a remarkable conclusion!
“If the malaria control program(s) I manage receives 5% of its current funds 5 years from now, would the maximum level of transmission reduction we have achieved during that time be maintained 5 years later?”
The James Gang at UC Irvine has made a useful contribution to the question of whether or not transgenic mosquitoes are fit.
Those who colonize mosquitoes are rightfully protective of them. Some species require a large amount of work to establish in the laboratory, and many of you have given your blood, sweat, holidays, and earnest attention to ensuring they exist. When you distribute it, you are giving a gift.
I know this web site is MALARIA World. But the field of genetic control of vectors is so small that I hope you will indulge me in a blog that reaches into arbovirology and highlights the kind of technology we might anticipate against Plasmodia in Anopheles. Genetic control of vectors received another Christmas gift when a bonus remarkable phenotype due to Wolbachia infection - in addition to cytoplasmic incompatibility (CI) and life shortening - was reported in Cell.