In a “life imitates art” scenario, a biotechnology firm is working with the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District to introduce genetically engineered mosquitoes into Key West to reduce the spread of dengue fever.
Turns out a specific breed of mosquito (Aedes aegypti) is the culprit for spreading dengue fever, and the plan is for genetically engineered sterile male mosquitoes to fly in, outnumber the virile males, and mate with the females.
Interesting idea. The proposal involves releasing 5,000-10,000 of these babies as an initial test, followed by a larger test of , oh let’s say… one million of them in Key West. What could go wrong?
Ian Malcolm of Jurassic Park fame would have a field day with this one. I can just hear him now:
“Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should”