Are Genetically Modified Insects Being Used to Curb Disease?

Genetically modified insects are being used to curb disease in Brazil, where mosquitoes are being engineered to fight against dengue fever, a disease with no vaccine that is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Scientists added a deadly gene to this particular breed of mosquitoes so that they will die off after being released into the wild, which will curb the spread of dengue fever. Only the female variety actually bites, so they are destroyed in the lab. The males are released in the hope that they will mate with wild female mosquitoes and produce offspring that will die before spreading the disease.

More about genetic engineering:

  • An estimated 75% of the packaged foods in US grocery stores are thought to contain genetically modified ingredients, particularly corn or soybeans.

  • Scientists in South Korea created glow-in-the-dark cats by genetically altering them with fluorescent proteins in the hope of making animals with human genetic diseases.

  • Bananas can be genetically modified to serve as vehicles for vaccinations, which would allow people to build up their immunity simply by consuming the fruit.

Follow wiseGEEK:

More Info:

Discuss this Article

Post 2

@oz93666: Prove it. Where's the trail? Not suppositions, not whole cloth allegations, but something you would present to an impartial jury.

Post 1

Don't believe a word of it. These campaigns, like vaccination campaigns, are to spread the disease they purport to fight, funded by people like Bill Gates, an admitted eugenicist, who wants to reduce the world's population by 90 percent.

Post your comments

Post Anonymously


forgot password?



Free Widgets for your Site/Blog

In 2009, a bird dropped some bread into the Large Hadron Collider, causing the particle accelerator to overheat.  more...
March 20 ,  1965 :  President Lyndon Johnson sent Federal troops to Alabama to protect Civil Rights marchers.  more...