[ExI] GM Mosquitos in FL (on purpose)

John Clark johnkclark at gmail.com
Sun Aug 23 18:35:17 UTC 2020

On Sun, Aug 23, 2020 at 12:37 PM spike jones via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

*> something that has puzzled me for some time: in order for genetically
> modified mosquitoes to be effective in birth control, they would need to
> mate before she bites.*

The idea is a genetically modified female mosquito would bite normally,
mate with unmodified males normally and lay eggs normally, but only males
would hatch from those eggs. And when those males grew up and mated with an
unmodified female all her offspring would be male too; and a population of
nothing but males cannot survive. That's how Gene Drive works in the lab,
it remains to be seen if it works in the wild.

John K Clark
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