The Mosiquito that was born to cure Malaria

The Mosiquito that was born to cure Malaria
Published: 29 January 2015 | by Ray Magaya Tshuma

Oxitec Scientists with the aid of Oxford University Research have moved a step closer to releasing the mosquito hybrid that will kill off many of its kind on a large scale. 

Based on the positive response to the trials at the Cayman Islands where mosquito populations shrunk by up to 96%, the team are looking take their hybrid killers to the swampy shores of Florida. 

In a move that resembles the events of the Movie Skeeter more than reality, the team has managed to play god by lacing lab mosquito DNA with that of the herpes simplex virus and produced a mini monster that fathers young which secrete a larvae killing protein dubbed tTAV. 

Oxitec have produced millions of male mosquitoes as these are not keen on human blood. A fortunate consequence of their nature that reduces the likely hood of these genetic creations mixing their body juices with human blood. 

These male critters are meant to fly into an area and mate with the native female populations created a host of doomed offspring which will slowly led the blood sucker family to extinction. With the mosquito's ability to reproduce stunted, the populations should rapidly fall. 

Such a move has left skeptics a breathe short from roaring in fury. Basing their facts on the events of the movie Skeeter they fear that, should one of the offspring grow immune to the tTAV, a new breed of superior mosquitoes could run havoc and be hard to deal with. 

The cost containing such a catastrophe could range in the high millions and the potential damage on people and the ecosystem appears too great to put in words. 

When one considers the damage malaria has left in its wake in Africa, the call to produce a breed of these mosquitoes to deal with the African brunch will only get louder despite the consequences of this endeavor failing.


- uMR
Tags: Malaria cure,

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