[ExI] Gene Drive and morality

Adrian Tymes atymes at gmail.com
Tue Sep 25 18:37:54 UTC 2018

On Tue, Sep 25, 2018 at 11:05 AM William Flynn Wallace
<foozler83 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> >I just have one question about the mosquitoes:  what species will go extinct if all the mosquitoes disappear?
>> A male mosquito will normally not mate with a female of a different species and even if they do it will not produce viable offspring, if they did then it wouldn't be a different species because that is the very definition of a species. There are about 3500 species of mosquitoes but only 40 carry malaria.
>>  John K Clark
> Senior moment here:  I meant the birds, bats, and whoever that depend on the mosquitoes for their main source of food.
> bill w

Would the birds et al be able to subsist adequately on the remaining
3,460 species?  And might those other species pick up the ability -
does being able to carry malaria confer any evolutionary advantage?

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