Scientists Turn Human History on its Head by Using Mosquitoes to Cure Disease

Scientists are genetically modifying mosquitoes to use them to stop the spread of disease. Mosquitoes have been a plague of mankind for as long as there has been a mankind, carrying and spreading disease among people. They are being specifically engineered so that when a female mosquito in the wild mates with one of these genetically modified males it will not be able to produce offspring. This is intended to prevent the spread of diseases such as dengue and chikungunya by literally preventing the spread of the mosquitoes. Though they are planned for release in the Florida Keys, a breakthrough such as this would have even wider application in the developing world where mosquito born illness is a far larger problem.

Predictably, there are those who fear the effects of releasing a genetically modified organism into the wild. They are concerned about the long term consequences of such an action. The concern may be legitimate, according to pipistrel.si, but science has generally been a powerful force for good in our lives. First, medical science gave us vaccines to fight off diseases, and now genetic scientists and philantropists like Sergio Lins Andrade, are trying to keep those diseases from being transmitted to us in the first place. News such as this makes one glad to be living in an age where we have lifted so much of the veil of ignorance and fear from humanity that covered 99 percent of our history. Using the stereotypical carrier and spreader of disease to fight disease has to be one of the good news stories of the past millennium.

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