[ExI] GM Mosquitos in FL (on purpose)

Dylan Distasio interzone at gmail.com
Sun Aug 23 17:55:58 UTC 2020

The results in screw worm flies are encouraging, although their mating
habits lend themselves very well to this technique.    I'm not sure how
we'll fare with mosquitoes...


On Sun, Aug 23, 2020, 1:45 PM Stuart LaForge via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> It will be interesting to see if this scheme works as intended. I
> don't foresee any disasters, but I would not be surprised if the
> targeted mosquito species evolves defenses against this attempt at
> eradication. Even in life-forms as simple as mosquitoes, females can
> be rather finicky about who they mate with. If the genetic
> modification of the male mosquito changes any aspect of his courtship
> presentation such as the pitch of his "buzz" or his scent, the GM
> males might be rejected.
> As an example, there is an ability that many species of insects, fish,
> and even large reptiles like Komodo dragons have called
> parthenogenesis. Basically if a female of one of these parthenogenic
> species can't find a male suitable to mate with, they will simply
> reproduce on their own either birthing or hatching clones of
> themselves. This way perfectly good females can wait several
> generations for the right man to come along. Human women could do the
> same thing given the right technology, training, and a good OB/Gyn.
> Stuart LaForge
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