EPA Just Approved The Release Of 'Weaponized' Mosquitoes In 20 US States

Tyler Durden's picture

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just cleared MosquitoMate, Inc., a Lexington, KY based biotechnology company, focused on mosquito control deficiencies, invasive mosquito species, and important vectors of human diseases, to release it’s bacteria-infected mosquitoes in 20 US states and Washington DC.

First released on Nature.com,

On 3 November, the agency told biotechnology start-up MosquitoMate that it could release the bacterium Wolbachia pipientis into the environment as a tool against the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus). Lab-reared mosquitoes will deliver the bacterium to wild mosquito populations.

The decision - which the EPA has not formally announced - allows the company, which is based in Lexington, Kentucky, to release the bacteria-infected mosquitoes in 20 US states and Washington DC.  

The University of Kentucky explains their roll in fostering the science behind MosquitoMate, along with the understanding of how this technology works.

According to David O’Brochta, an entomologist at the University of Maryland in Rockville, “It’s a non-chemical way of dealing with mosquitoes, so from that perspective, you’d think it would have a lot of appeal. I’m glad to see it pushed forward, as I think it could be potentially really important.”

The company’s lab-grown mosquitoes, which it calls ZAP males, are a non-biting, male Aedes albopictus (Asian Tiger mosquito) that carries a bacterium called Wolbachia. As explained on the company’s website, Wolbachia “is common throughout insects worldwide, with scientists estimating that over half of all insects naturally carry the infection”. When bacteria-infected males mate with unaffected females, it causes the females to become sterile.

The 20 approved states are California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, and West Virginia, as well as Washington, DC.

The push for MosquitoMate has been in response to mosquitoes carrying Zika and other deadly diseases. The ‘War on Zika’ began earlier this year with 20,000 MosquitoMate mosquitoes released in the Florida Keys targeting wild females that carried Zika. In July, Fresno, California stepped it up a notch and released 20 million MosquitoMate mosquitoes in the name of ‘combating Zika’.

In the video below, Fresno, California officials admit mosquitoes in the area are not actively carrying dangerous diseases such as Zika, Dengue, and Chikungunya, but for all intensive purposes they want to “stay ahead” of the curve...

However, few have focused on the Risks of Wolbachia mosquito control and in one shocking development this is uncharted territory. Sciencemag.org makes a very good point “few have focused on the probability of Wolbachia strains being transferred to other insects and the potential environmental and economic impacts .” The article goes on to say Wolbachia strains are capable of being transferred across horizontally among distant related arthropods. In addition, some parasites are able to carry Wolbachia strain to other species. The article makes another great point, of the actual shift of a Wolbachia host to native species is complex and poorly understood.

Since Wolbachia strain is found in nature and not genetically modified. MosquitoMate is not applicable to The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety- a United Nations safety regulation for transfer, handling, and use of genetically modified organisms signed by 170 countries. As far as we are aware, there are no countries that have regulation on Wolbachia infected organisms, so this is a first, hence uncharted territories.

The Event Chronicle asksWhat Could Possibly Go Wrong?

  • What if the mosquitos are sorted incorrectly? Do you really think that out of 20 million mosquitos, nary a biting female will get through the sorting process?
  • What if the Wolbachia mutates? Something that is not harmful now could morph into something far worse than Zika.
  • What if scientists believe that this gives them innate permission to conduct “field studies” of other things? Oh…wait. Apparently, they already feel they don’t require our permission to turn our neighborhoods into test facilities.

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Twox2's picture

Are we still talking about mosquitoes?

wren's picture

WWhat could possibly go wrong.. .....    ... .  ...

Bigly's picture

Andromeda strain?

adanata's picture

Bingo... Zika is fake, they’ve weaponized Ebola and Lyme “disease” is another bioweapon they have unleashed upon the general population. The eugenics de-population business is going full throttle.

HRClinton's picture

Zibola!

Export it to KSA.

Juggernaut x2's picture

Can we do something similar with blacks?

spieslikeus's picture

University of Kentucky? Did the mosquitos mate with their cousins? 

Countrybunkererd's picture

Yes, the cousin is named Gypsy Moth.

nmewn's picture

Yes, thats how you get a Paris Hilton or a Pee Wee Herman. 

Oh wait, they were born in New York.

tion's picture

The mosquitos have been transmitting weaponized infectious diseases for awhile.  Not as effectively as the ticks, but they are still vectors.  Better to kill people slowly and quietly with very difficult to diagnose infections, draws less attention.

Akzed's picture

"Check theater listings in your area."

I mean, isn't this a horror movie plot?

roddy6667's picture

I just downloaded the movie from ThePiratebay.

Spoiler alert: It involves zombies.Giant fucking mutant zombie mosquitos.

T-NUTZ's picture

that's when I stuck my proboscis in her

Bill of Rights's picture

I won't miss this world when I'm gone...

Anonymous_Beneficiary's picture

If you like your weaponized mosquitoes, you can keep your weaponized mosquitoes.

ToSoft4Truth's picture

Even better than laser tipped dolphins.

Mena Arkansas's picture

It worked so well with the killer bees in Brazil.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Africanized_bee

Bopper09's picture

'Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.'

peddling-fiction's picture

'Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.'

Signed: R.C. Christian

We know who you are, and what you did last summer, and the last 6000+ summers, this time around.

Go Full Georgia Guidestones...

We double dare you.

It will be your last great sin.

house biscuit's picture

such sad, cheesy, pathetic posts

not that this thread in general is going to win any awards...

peddling-fiction's picture

Should I name names and organizations, and the method they will use to pull-it?

The Phoenix is death by "fire".

Since 2012 it is RC- for 108 years.

Is it getting any warmer?

 

Cardinal Fang's picture

That might be the public number, but I guarantee any number of humans to be in balance with nature would be a shitload less than 500 mil.

I thought it was 5 mil.

Not that I am advocating a visit from the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

It's just that they are overdue and shit like genetically engineered bacteria delivered by cloned mosquitos sounds like a sure way to usher them in.

FoggyWorld's picture

Another agency that seems to serve no purpose.  Yesterday in other news outlets there was a story about a mouse that received a human brain tissue transplant at another University and it worked so well that the scientists want to do 99 more tissue transplants on said mouse.

Changes in the mouse's behavior have already been noticed.

No one is home in any government Agency and to that, people like Bill Gates have in their minds, answers to everything and report to absolutely no one.

ToSoft4Truth's picture

Psst - and you can too.

 

Don't you have a garage or basement?   Watch a few Youtube videos and spin up a new animal.  Use Nutria rats, or homeless blacks as your DNA editing lab. 

hola dos cola's picture

a mouse that received a human brain tissue transplant at another University and it worked so well that the scientists want to do 99 more tissue transplants on said mouse.

Changes in the mouse's behavior have already been noticed.

 

If they told you that as the transplant was successful you would have 99 more transplants... wouldn't your behaviour change noticebly?

Falconsixone's picture

Now it just sits on the toilet drinking beer and burping?

Xena fobe's picture

Makes me wonder what use could there possibly be for mice that can learn language and speculate on philosophical matters.  A cat would be a better choice

 

SweetDoug's picture

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What happens when we remove all that biomass from the eco-system?

I'm gonna go out on a limb and say all these whiners who want the mosquitos gone are all the inner citidiots, that want to save the environment!

OJO

V-V

HarryKallahan's picture

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Soon the birds will be dying of starvation due to lack of bugs to eat.

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moonmac's picture

In 1976 we moved into a new subdivison out in the middle of cornfields and creeks. All the neighbors who came from the city liked to party all night on their patios so everyone had a bug zapper. Within a few years the mosquito population was totally under control. My 2 zappers kill millions every summer because I draw them in from miles. I haven't seen a bug zapper being used in years. Everyone else is a moron if you ask me.

Oath_Keeper's picture

If the author cannot properly spell role, then the rest of this article is pointless.

sidfalco's picture

It's the weaponized Mosques that I'm worried about.

shankster's picture

There goes the Sunday afternoon picnic. Better get a big can of Off.

rwe2late's picture

let's not hyperventilate, folks.

nothing can go wrong that Monsanto won't have a fix.

 

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serotonindumptruck's picture

I received a job offer about 20 years ago for my choice of a position with either EPA or OSHA.

It was a guaranteed position through a Vocational Rehabilitation program with the VA.

I declined and went private sector instead.

In hindsight, I'm glad I turned that offer down.

My conscience and ethical nature would have ensured a miserable existence with a large group of genocidal psychopaths.

Countrybunkererd's picture

Oh dear GOD man!!!  I have been away from that "field" for well over a decade.  The hazmat was interesting but i am sure i have permannet damage from some form of exposure.  On the other hand... Nothing a high fashion designer mosquito can't fix i suppose. 

PN7's picture

I have lived in Nevada for six years.  I have never seen a mosquito in all that time.  Why do they want to send mosquitos to Nevada?

shankster's picture

Relocation program.

Mena Arkansas's picture

They are refugee mosquitos being re-settled by a lutheran NGO.

Mr Hankey's picture

Unfortunately the birthrates of all these refugee mosquitoes and black flies dont seem to be going down.

Xena fobe's picture

California too.  Never have seen one.

USA USA's picture

Northern CA has mosquitos, I have the scars (couldn't stop scratching them) to prove it.

I have to give my poor dog poison to prevent heartworm from the blood sucking POS!

Anyway, what could go wrong with this? /s

shankster's picture

Remember when Obummer had the fly on his face

MrBoompi's picture

I'm sure this technology is fully tested for effectiveness, safety, and effects on the environment and biosphere.  Just like all the drugs the FDA approves.  

Falconsixone's picture

I wrote the EPA 8-9yrs ago about the spraying of chemtrails in my airspace but have not heard back from them. Pretty sure we've been taken over by aliens. Making the planet safe...lol