nicolejb
2 years ago5,000+ Views
Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted by mosquito bites. About 3.2 billion people – almost half of the world’s population – are at risk of malaria, according to the World Health Organization.

So yeah, it's a pretty scary disease that scientists have been working finding a cure, or a way to fix it.

And it looks like they've found a way to prevent it.

How?

Oh, you know. Just by creating hundreds of genetically modified mosquitoes that are incapable of spreading the malaria parasite, and sending them out into the wild to force the anti-malarial genes into swarms of wild mosquitoes.

Good Stuff

Malaria kills over 400,000 people a year. That's a lot of lives that we could be saving if we release these helpful mosquitos into the wild.
They have been test for several years in labs, and this scientific technique has been used before with crops and other wild plants. So it's worked before.

Scary Stuff

A warning published in August in the prestigious journal Science, by teams in the UK, US, Australia and Japan, said the accidental release of modified organisms “could have unpredictable ecological consequences.”
The warning was that essentially something in a science lab can seem promising, but without understanding the experiment in a larger scale, we have no idea how this will effect the world.
So, help save thousands of people or release crazy strong mosquitos that take over the world? (I'm being a bit melodramatic, but you get the point)

So what do you think, shall we set the mosquitos free?

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this sounds all amazing and great but what happens when we've cured all the diseases? now I will admit, I'm not very smart in the aspect of deeper understanding of this topic but fro. my point of view, our planet has a max limit of what it can sustain, as to what that limit is, I don't really know, however, I do know that the human population is increasing and increasing and without certain diseases like malaria, than what will balance out the population rate? I'm not trying to say, screw humans I hope we all die, but I am trying to say that maybe we shouldn't be focusing our attention on things like curing disease rather spend it on something else of greater or equal importance, like the ecosystem or something like that.
2 years ago·Reply
Totally @2littlelegs we still have so much to understand about our environment before we release anything new into that could cause something!
2 years ago·Reply
I say no. The repercussion of this could have dire consequences.
2 years ago·Reply
Now the scientists really need to come up with a way to cure malaria other than releasing a bunch of other mosquitos, just at least for @MoonDrip
2 years ago·Reply
@nicolejb The fact that this could be true just makes me want to move to anarctica, unless they're making them survivable in the cool then i'm gone.
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