Mosquitoes are one of the major carriers of communicable diseases. These diseases are incredibly devastating. Scientists have been looking for ways to protect human civilization from the epidemic of these mosquitoes. They have come up with Genetically modified mosquitoes.
The researchers started to genetically modify mosquitoes in order to decrease its population. A number of professionals are in support of this novel idea. But at the same time, there are several who are struggling in a predicament.
Should humans genetically modify mosquitoes?
Mosquitos are infuriating and potentially lethal in some cases. But a number of researches suggest their existence serves a greater good. Furthermore, we cannot deny that everything that exists in nature has its own special purpose. Researchers suggest several insects are excessively vital for carrying out the process of pollination.
A BBC article revealed, over six percent of the mosquitoes around the world survive on human blood. Clearly, the reduction of these blood-sucking creatures will benefit us in the short-run. But nobody is sure of the long-term consequences.
Genetically modified mosquitoes – Success in Brazil
This new modified species has already been released in the areas where mosquito-carried diseases exist in abundance. In fact, the execution has been a huge success in Brazil. According to Science Daily, the cases of dengue fever have significantly dropped by 52 % after the release of the new genetically modified insect species.
Every science fiction has given us one common lesson, “Messing around with nature’s will can never land us in favorable consequences.”
However, we may note the fact, that the scientists aren’t aiming to eradicate every existing mosquito. Conversely, they are aiming to get rid of the mosquitoes who are carriers of fatal diseases.
Scientists release genetically modified mosquitoes in a high-security lab in Italy with goal to help #endmalaria in Africa. Check out this in-depth report from @NPRGoatsandSoda @robsteinnews https://t.co/iUTPp3wdzO
— Malaria No More (@MalariaNoMore) February 20, 2019
According to the statistics revealed by UNICEF, more than 40% of the global population are prone to malaria. Yes, people can be saved in some cases. But isn’t precaution better than cure?
— Bill Gates (@BillGates) April 24, 2018
Besides, rendering to the researches done so far NPR clarified, the eradication of harmful mosquitos should not lead to any ecological imbalances. The central food chain will remain intact.
— Discovery (@Discovery) July 7, 2017
The new technique involves genetically engineered mosquitoes to house a gene that kills their young. Mosquitoes will kill other mosquitoes.
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