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  • They're growing exponentially!
  • People are as retarded about genetics as they are about vaccines apparently.
  • I think I'm missing something here.

    FTFA: The idea is that they will mate with wild females and their children will die before reproducing. After a few generations, Key West's Aedes aegypti population would die off, reducing the dengue fever risk without using pesticides and at relatively a low cost, the proponents say. There is no vaccine for dengue fever.

    If the offspring die before reproducing, how can there be "a few generations"? Isn't "producing infertile offspring" about as big an evolutionary disadvantage as you can get?

    Someone enlighten me, please. I'm sure I'm wrong, and I'd like to know how.
  • orbister: Someone enlighten me, please. I'm sure I'm wrong, and I'd like to know how.


    Definitely poorly written.

    What they may be trying to say is that the altered males will continue with their spiking of the gene pool with future female mates that were progeny of unaltered males?


    Personally I think it's time to nip this entire mosquito thing in the bud. Forced genetic extinction of the entire species.

    Jesus, for all the species we're likely responsible for killing, at least this time we'd be doing it intentionally and purposefully. KILL EM ALL!
  • orbister: I think I'm missing something here.

    FTFA: The idea is that they will mate with wild females and their children will die before reproducing. After a few generations, Key West's Aedes aegypti population would die off, reducing the dengue fever risk without using pesticides and at relatively a low cost, the proponents say. There is no vaccine for dengue fever.

    If the offspring die before reproducing, how can there be "a few generations"? Isn't "producing infertile offspring" about as big an evolutionary disadvantage as you can get?

    Someone enlighten me, please. I'm sure I'm wrong, and I'd like to know how.


    That was originally all the problem with all of the spiked genetics methods. So let me layout the scheme.

    Males don't bite. Only females.

    Geneticists insert gene into males that causes winglessness in females (When they have it).

    Spiked male mates with normal female. Makes babies. All the female babies die because they have no wings. All male babies are now spiked.

    New generation of spiked males fark more normal females, producing more spiked males, but no functional females.

    The best part of this scheme is that the number of spiked males increases as the number of normal females falls.
  • FTFA: The idea is that they will mate with wild females and their children will die before reproducing.

    Think of the childens!

    Family first.
  • MurphyMurphy: Jesus, for all the species we're likely responsible for killing, at least this time we'd be doing it intentionally and purposefully. KILL EM ALL!


    So, what happens to all those species which eat mosquitoes?
  • Fark Me To Tears: MurphyMurphy: Jesus, for all the species we're likely responsible for killing, at least this time we'd be doing it intentionally and purposefully. KILL EM ALL!

    So, what happens to all those species which eat mosquitoes?


    Alaskan mosquitoes killed
    Alaskan birds starve, stop crapping
    plants and lichens stop growing
    Caribou starve
    Wolves starve
    Alaskans turn to seafood

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