Much of Southern California lacks humidity (except during monsoon season), and doesn't have many mosquitos and biting bugs.
Not this year. There millions of mosquitos everywhere. We would be outside for 2 hours and come back in with 20-30 mosquito bites. People had huge welts across their limbs. The bugs were biting at all times of the day. You could not hide.
My friends in Texas are also getting attacked by mosquitos all hours of the day. Some of the bugs are the size of your thumb.
My mind immediately blamed Gates' bugs. So I started researching it; I didn't sleep much for days. I have quite a bit of research that connects to other areas too. My laptop is in need of repair so this is all from my phone and takes a bit longer to type.
TL;DR: They modified male Aedes aegypti mosquitos by inserting a bacteria into them to make them sterile. Their plan didn't work like they anticipated and the mosquitos bred anyways. Millions of mosquitos are now spreading across the southern border of the US. Starting this year, they released mosquitos modified by CRISPR technology in Florida to see if this method worked instead.
Most of us knew all this mosquito plan existed. But there's more to this topic than just this surface plan of eradicating bugs.
The news says the Aedes aegypti mosquitos came to CA in 2015 on shipping containers. (1) They can carry West Nile Virus, Zika, Chikungunya, Dengue and Yellow Fever viruses. (2)
In 2017, Google's company Verily released 15M+ of Aedes mosquitos in Fresno, CA. Fresno is a moderate sized town in California's Central Valley in the middle of the state. Central Valley provides a large amount of the produce in the US.
The male Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes have been infected with a naturally-occurring bacteria called Wolbachia back in Verily's high-tech labs in San Francisco.
Once they're released, they'll attempt to mate with other female Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes and the bacteria will effectively result in them producing dud eggs, with the hopes of causing the population to taper off over time.
This process is referred to as the sterile-insect technique, where a population is killed off by limiting its ability to reproduce. "
Other articles say it was 20M+ bugs that were released by Google. But they told people in Fresno not to worry about the millions of new bugs all around them; only females bite humans.
The Debug mosquitoes are not genetically modified, but rather infected with a naturally-occurring bacteria called Wolbachia. These infected males are expected to mate with males, creating nonviable eggs that will result in a population drop. In addition, male mosquitoes don’t bite, meaning Fresno residents shouldn’t be worried about their presence. Similar projects have been launched by organizations like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, using Wolbachia to combat deadly mosquitos. Verily’s innovation is in creating machines that automatically raise, count and sort the mosquitoes according to sex, making the campaign viable for large-scale use. (4)
So that was 2017. The scientists and media cheered when the population dropped and their planned seemed to be working.
Funny thing is, if you go back to the EPA'S website, you find that they approved the studies of the modified mosquitos to start in 2015- NOT 2017. So the media's story of the 2015 "shipping containers" could easily be more MSM BS. They started their tests in 2015.
EPA has approved and expanded an existing experimental use permit (EUP) for Wolbachia pipientis-infected Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Wolbachia are naturally occurring bacteria commonly found in most insect species, but not in the Aedes aegypti. The EUP was issued to the University of Kentucky’s Department of Entomology (UKDE) in October 2015 for limited testing in Fresno County, California. The updated EUP also authorizes testing to evaluate the Wolbachia pipientis bacteria’s effectiveness in suppressing and eliminating Aedes aegypti mosquitoes at particular sites in Fresno and Orange County in California and Monroe County in Florida.
Wolbachia pipientis are bacteria that generally do not occur in wild populations of Aedes aegypti. This strain of Wolbachia is extracted from Aedes albopictus embryos and microinjected into Aedes aegypti embryos. These male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are shipped to testing sites where they are released and mate with wild-type Aedes aegypti females that do not carry Wolbachia. After mating, the bacteria prevents the new embryos from developing properly so the mosquitoes cannot successfully reproduce. (5)
In 2019, an article came out stating that the GMO mosquitos were breeding with local native mosquitos and had hybrid babies. They were cross breeding with other mosquito species, too.
The plan of creating sterile mosquitos didn't work. These hybrids took on the DNA from both parents, including some of the GMO DNA.
For 10 years, the company Oxitec has been testing whether genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes can suppress populations of their natural brethren, which carry devastating viruses such as Zika and dengue. Its strategy: Deploy (nonbiting) male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes bearing a gene that should doom most of their offspring before adulthood.
Now, a team of independent researchers analyzing an early trial of Oxitec's technology is raising alarm—and drawing fire from the firm—with a report that some offspring of the GM mosquitoes survived and produced offspring that also made it to sexual maturity. As a result, local mosquitoes inherited pieces of the genomes of the GM mosquitoes, the team revealed last week in Scientific Reports.
But the paper's suggestion that this genetic mixing could have made the mosquito population "more robust"—more resistant to insecticides, for example, or more likely to transmit disease—has triggered anti-GM news reports, a backlash from some scientists, and strong pushback from Oxitec. The company, a subsidiary of U.S. biotech Intrexon, has a lot at stake; it recently submitted a new generation of its GM mosquitoes for U.S. regulatory review and hopes to conduct its first U.S. field test next year.
Even before Oxitec conducted pilot releases of its altered mosquitoes in Brazil, Malaysia, and the Cayman Islands, it knew the inserted gene wasn't inevitably lethal. Lab tests had shown that when the GM males mated with wild females, roughly 3% of their offspring survived. "We've been very clear about that," Rose says.
What wasn't clear was whether those rare offspring, often sickly in the lab, could themselves produce progeny, Powell says.
Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection opened a monthlong window for public comments on the company's proposed releases in Florida and Texas. (6)
So we have known releases in Brazil, Malaysia, Cayman Islands, CA, Texas, and Florida.
The testing on creating these GMO bugs has been going on since at least 2009. In 2014, they realized that mosquitos with the Wolbachia bacteria actually carried West Nile Virus at a rate higher than those without it.
This was an interesting blog on the whole topic, which I found while doing my one research.
At one point, they were considering using Spiroplasma in place of the Wolbachia, where the University of California ran, as far as we know, limited experiments with Spiroplasma, even as the potential connection between Spiroplasma and Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSE) was brought up in earlier congressional hearings. Most of the earlier tests taking place around Georgia and Florida in the 50s and 60s were done using the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
Present day tests are going with the idea that the mosquitoes will breed themselves out due to the infertility inflicted on them by the Wolbachia or Spiroplasma, but it was also found that the mosquitoes began mating with other species of Aedes mosquitoes, such as Aedes albopictus. This was already demonstrated to occur from as far back as 1949, when the University of Kansas and the International Health Division of the Rockefeller Foundation published the results in Experiments in Crossing the Aedes (Stegomyia) aegypti Linneus and Aedes (Stegomyia) albopictus Skuse. The EPA then included the Aedes albopictus into the Wolbachia-enhanced mosquito program the following year in 2017.
(8.)TSE is prion disease
(like mad cow disease).
In 2020, Oxitec came out with portable water solvable capsules filled with GM Aedes mosquito eggs.
"Effective mosquito control without the use of insecticides can now be achieved by soaking an egg-filled mini capsule in water, thanks to new technology developed by Oxitec Ltd.
The mini capsule is being developed to be the first insect-based Aedes aegypti technology that can be manufactured in centralized facilities around the world and then shipped, stored and deployed on demand anywhere, without the need for expert staff or special equipment or tools for handling.
It is intended to be a cost-effective, customizable approach to successfully controlling the disease-carrying mosquitoes in a range of environments" (9)
This same company changed the method of treating mosquitos from using the bacteria to using CRISPR technology to modify the male's genes to see if this method worked better. Those mosquitos were released in Florida this year. They were filing for permission to release them in Texas, too.
Aedes aegypti makes up about 4% of the mosquito population in the Keys, a chain of tropical islands off the southern tip of Florida. But it is responsible for practically all mosquito-borne disease transmitted to humans in the region, according to the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District (FKMCD), which is working closely with Oxitec on the project. Researchers and technicians working on the project will release bioengineered male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which don’t bite, to mate with the wild female population, responsible for biting prey and transmitting disease. The genetically engineered males carry a gene that passes to their offspring and kills female progeny in early larval stages. Male offspring won’t die but instead will become carriers of the gene and pass it to future generations.
So now egg pods can be released anywhere in the world, and they can add water to activate it and release the GM bugs.
Oxitec Ltd is funded by the Gates Foundation.
This is the basics of the mosquito modification program.
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