EPA approves use of mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia bacteria


#1

Hurray!
The approval covers 20 states and D.C.

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/11/08/562809948/epa-approval-of-bacteria-to-fight-mosquitoes-caps-a-20-year-quest


#2

Awesome! Now if they can come up with a virus for gnats.


#3

I think you misunderstood. The Wolbachia bacteria destroys dengue (a nasty disease) in mosquitoes. It does not kill the mosquitoes. :slight_smile:


#4

Lol, sorry I just glanced at the article.


#5

After actually reading the article I can see why this is a big deal. Hopefully, these viruses won’t develop a resistance to this bacteria.


#6

I had Dengue four years ago. Thought I would die.


#7

All very well, but we should get rid of the mosquitoes


#8

Mrs. G.!! That’s a horrible disease. :cry:


#9

Yes! Long story :nauseated_face:


#10

If it works, the guy deserves a Nobel prize, imo (Maybe it would fall under the prize for Physiology and Medicine?) He’s the very definition of persistent.


#11

For the longest time I’ve wondered what good do mosquitoes do? They must be part of some creatures lifecycle that is important to our planet?


#12

Mrs. G,

I thought the same thing about house flies :wink:


#13

They’re very low on the food chain and hence breed like crazy. Aquatic creatures, larger insects, reptiles, bats, birds – incl. hummingbirds are all predators of mosquitoes.


#14

They spread death and disease to many other species

But the worst thing is human activity, which obliterates so many other creatures attempting to control mosquitoes