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    Posted: January 28 2016 at 11:30pm
Coincidence, or...?


 (ANTIMEDIA) U.S.A. — The World Health Organization announced it will convene an Emergency Committee under International Health Regulations on Monday, February 1, concerning the Zika virus ‘explosive’ spread throughout the Americas. The virus reportedly has the potential to reach pandemic proportions — possibly around the globe. But understanding why this outbreak happened is vital to curbing it. As the WHO statement said:
“A causal relationship between Zika virus infection and birth malformations and neurological syndromes … is strongly suspected. [These links] have rapidly changed the risk profile of Zika, from a mild threat to one of alarming proportions.
“WHO is deeply concerned about this rapidly evolving situation for 4 main reasons: the possible association of infection with birth malformations and neurological syndromes; the potential for further international spread given the wide geographical distribution of the mosquito vector; the lack of population immunity in newly affected areas; and the absence of vaccines, specific treatments, and rapid diagnostic tests […]
“The level of concern is high, as is the level of uncertainty.”
Zika seemingly exploded out of nowhere. Though it was first discovered in 1947, cases only sporadically occurred throughout Africa and southern Asia. In 2007, the first case was reported in the Pacific. In 2013, a smattering of small outbreaks and individual cases were officially documented in Africa and the western Pacific. They also began showing up in the Americas. In May 2015, Brazil reported its first case of Zika virus — and the situation changed dramatically.
Brazil is now considered the epicenter of the Zika outbreak, which coincides with at least 4,000 reports of babies born with microcephaly just since October.
When examining a rapidly expanding potential pandemic, it’s necessary to leave no stone unturned so possible solutions, as well as future prevention, will be as effective as possible. In that vein, there was another significant development in 2015.
Oxitec first unveiled its large-scale, genetically-modified mosquito farm in Brazil in July 2012, with the goal of reducing “the incidence of dengue fever,” as The Disease Daily reported. Dengue fever is spread by the same Aedes mosquitoes which spread the Zika virus — and though they “cannot fly more than 400 meters,” WHO stated, “it may inadvertently be transported by humans from one place to another.” By July 2015, shortly after the GM mosquitoes were first released into the wild in Juazeiro, Brazil, Oxitec proudly announced they had “successfully controlled the Aedes aegypti mosquito that spreads dengue fever, chikungunya and zika virus, by reducing the target population by more than 90%.”
Though that might sound like an astounding success — and, arguably, it was — there is an alarming possibility to consider.
Nature, as one Redditor keenly pointed out, finds a way — and the effort to control dengue, zika, and other viruses, appears to have backfired dramatically.
Juazeiro, Brazil is the location where genetically-modified mosquitoes were first released into the wild.
The particular strain of Oxitec GM mosquitoes, OX513A, are genetically altered so the vast majority of their offspring will die before they mature — though Dr. Ricarda Steinbrecher published concerns in a report in September 2010 that a known survival rate of 3-4 percent warranted further study before the release of the GM insects. Her concerns, which were echoed by several other scientists both at the time and since, appear to have been ignored — though they should not have been.
Those genetically-modified mosquitoes work to control wild, potentially disease-carrying populations in a very specific manner. Only the male modified Aedes mosquitoes are supposed to be released into the wild — as they will mate with their unaltered female counterparts. Once offspring are produced, the modified, scientific facet is supposed to ‘kick in’ and kill that larvae before it reaches breeding age — if tetracycline is not present during its development. But there is a problem.
According to an unclassified document from the Trade and Agriculture Directorate Committee for Agriculture dated February 2015, Brazil is the third largest in “global antimicrobial consumption in food animal production” — meaning, Brazil is third in the world for its use of tetracycline in its food animals. As a study by the American Society of Agronomy, et. al., explained, “It is estimated that approximately 75% of antibiotics are not absorbed by animals and are excreted in waste.” One of the antibiotics (or antimicrobials) specifically named in that report for its environmental persistence is tetracycline.
In fact, as a confidential internal Oxitec document divulged in 2012, that survival rate could be as high as 15% — even with low levels of tetracycline present. “Even small amounts of tetracycline can repress” the engineered lethality. Indeed, that 15% survival rate was described by Oxitec:
“After a lot of testing and comparing experimental design, it was found that [researchers] had used a cat food to feed the [OX513A] larvae and this cat food contained chicken. It is known that tetracycline is routinely used to prevent infections in chickens, especially in the cheap, mass produced, chicken used for animal food. The chicken is heat-treated before being used, but this does not remove all the tetracycline. This meant that a small amount of tetracycline was being added from the food to the larvae and repressing the [designed] lethal system.”
Even absent this tetracycline, as Steinbrecher explained, a “sub-population” of genetically-modified Aedes mosquitoes could theoretically develop and thrive, in theory, “capable of surviving and flourishing despite any further” releases of ‘pure’ GM mosquitoes which still have that gene intact. She added, “the effectiveness of the system also depends on the [genetically-designed] late onset of the lethality. If the time of onset is altered due to environmental conditions … then a 3-4% [survival rate] represents a much bigger problem…”
As the WHO stated in its press release, “conditions associated with this year’s El Nino weather pattern are expected to increase mosquito populations greatly in many areas.”
Incidentally, President Obama called for a massive research effort to develop a vaccine for the Zika virus, as one does not currently exist. Brazil has now called in 200,000 soldiers to somehow help combat the virus’ spread. Aedes mosquitoes have reportedly been spotted in the U.K. But perhaps the most ironic — or not — proposition was proffered on January 19, by the MIT Technology Review:
“An outbreak in the Western Hemisphere could give countries including the United States new reasons to try wiping out mosquitoes with genetic engineering.
“Yesterday, the Brazilian city of Piracicaba said it would expand the use of genetically modified mosquitoes …
“The GM mosquitoes were created by Oxitec, a British company recently purchased by Intrexon, a synthetic biology company based in Maryland. The company said it has released bugs in parts of Brazil and the Cayman Islands to battle dengue fever.”

http://theantimedia.org/zika-outbreak-epicenter-in-same-area-where-gm-mosquitoes-were-released-in-2015/


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Problems with Oxitec’s GM Mosquitoes:

The OX513A strain of the Aedes aegypti mosquito is genetically engineered to contain a
red fluorescent marker and the RIDL ‘conditional lethality’ trait.5 Conditional lethality
means that the mosquitoes have been engineered to be able to survive to adulthood
only in the presence of tetracycline
(an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections such
as urinary tract infections, chlamydia and acne). GM mosquitoes are bred to adulthood
in the lab in the presence of the antibiotic and males are then released into the
environment.

Before release, male and female mosquito pupae are separated mechanically. Sex
separation by size sorting is expected to result in a population containing less than 1%
females for release (less than 0.1% female if large males are also discarded)
.6 The
intention is to release only males because they do not bite and transmit disease

Open field trials in the Cayman Islands
Oxitec conducted its first open field trials of any RIDL insect in the Cayman Islands, a
British Overseas Territory. A small trial of Oxitec’s RIDL strain OX513A of Aedes aegypti
mosquito was conducted in late 2009 and a larger release from May to October 2010,
following funding from the Wellcome Trust and in collaboration with the Mosquito
Research and Control Unit of Grand Cayman (MRCU).95 These are the first releases of
GM mosquitoes anywhere in the world and have been conducted without proper public
debate, ethical oversight or parliamentary or scientific scrutiny.


The Cayman Islands does not have any biosafety laws and is not covered by either the
international Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety or the Aarhus Convention on Access to
Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in
Environmental Matters, to which the UK is a party.101 These conventions would have
required publication of and consultation on an environmental risk assessment prior to
release. Instead, the only regulatory requirements were a local permit from the Cayman
Islands Agriculture Department and a notification of transboundary movement of a GMO
(the GM mosquito eggs sent by Oxitec to Grand Cayman) under Regulation (EC)
1946/2003.102 Neither of these documents appears to have been published. The UK
Government has stated that this is a matter for the Cayman Islands.

Oxitec’s press release in November 2010
is also misleading, claiming that the GM mosquitoes are “genetically sterile” and that
females mating with sterile males “will have no offspring”.


Fails to consider the possibility that the dengue virus may evolve to become
more virulent (which is considered a lower risk with population suppression
approaches
, such as Oxitec’s, than with other GM approaches, but which is still
at an early stage of study123).

Download the full investigation here
http://www.councilforresponsiblegenetics.org/pageDocuments/I5G5KXD2L3.pdf


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Jul 8 2014 Brazil Announces Dengue Fever Emergency Mosquito in GM Trials Region

A report with information questioning the impact of the GM mosquitoes on the incidence of dengue and warning that in some circumstances the releases could make the disease worse.

Reducing the numbers of mosquitoes does not necessarily reduce the incidence of disease as the number of mosquitoes needed to transmit the disease is low. Further, the targetted mosquitoes may simply move to another area and/or a different species of mosquito (Aedes albopictus) which also transmits dengue can move into the area. Complex immune responses to the four types of dengue virus mean that a partial reduction in mosquito numbers can reduce cross-immunity to the different serotypes and increase the number of cases of the severe form of the disease, Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever, which is more likely to be fatal. Success in reducing illness in young children can also mean more delayed and serious cases of dengue. See for example: Thavara, U., Tawatsin, A., & Nagao, Y. (2014). Simulations to compare efficacies of tetravalent dengue vaccines and mosquito vector control. Epidemiology & Infection, 142(06)

http://sustainablepulse.com/2014/07/08/brazil-announces-dengue-fever-emergency-gm-mosquito-trials-region/

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Eurosurveillance: Zika Virus Infection Complicated By Guillain-Barré Syndrome, we looked at a report that calculated a 20 fold increase in GBS after the arrival of Zika in French Polynesia.

The authors wrote:

Since the beginning of this epidemic, and as up to 8,200 cases of ZIKA infection have already been reported of a 268,000 total population, the incidence of GBS has been multiplied by 20 in French Polynesia (data not shown), raising the assumption of a potential implication of ZIKA.

Since these islands were seeing a concurrent Dengue outbreak there was speculation that co-infection by Dengue and Zika  - or sequential arboviral immune stimulation - might predispose one to more severe illness.  Adding some credence to this notion, with dengue, it is usually a person's second infection that causes severe illness, while the first infection is usually mild.

The prevailing theory is that the host’s immune system - which already has neutralizing antibodies to the first DENV infection - mistakenly identifies the second DENV infection as being the same strain. Rather than creating new neutralizing antibodies to fight the infection, it deploys its existing cross reactive, but non-neutralizing (read: ineffective) antibodies to the field of battle.

My Comments,
The Zika virus main glycoprotein epitopes have been modified and now appear dengue like and therefore anything that causes a outbreak of dengue or previous infection with dengue can lead to worsening outcome if subsequently infected  by the Zika virus (amplifying its pathogenesis) 

Sometimes called OAS or Original Antigenic Sin, this is the immunological equivalent of taking a knife to a gun fight.
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Great read, thanks.  Almost a new bread of super-mosquito.  tweaking mother nature like that was probably a bad move.    I have a feeling that the Zika virus may continue to change as this new super-mosquito evolves and continues to breed.  

Mother nature is on the attack as it would appear. 
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Stupid thread. GMs do not reach adulthood. When in doubt, go back to the beginning: Zika Forest, Uganda, 1947. The link to Oxitec is the link to Marburg virus, precisely the link to Gordon Smith (Porton, UK) who studied irrigation and arboviruses in Kenya. The Kenya Marburg patient who worked in irrigation pumps is the case that links microcephaly in human females. Trumping GM mosquitoes will be in utero testing based on such things as dengue virus NS5 myristoylation. Thomas Duncan's brincidofovir is the link to myristoylation, also the link to Zika NS5.
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Marburg and Thomas Duncan?
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Spread of GM mosquito conspiracy theory hurts fight against Zika

Arvind Suresh | February 1, 2016 | Genetic Literacy Project
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Amidst all the fear surrounding the Zika virus outbreak, there is an egregious bit of misinformation being circulated that the outbreak could somehow be the result of genetically modified mosquitoes that were being tested to control mosquito populations.

According to a report in Business Insider which was the first to refute the story, the theory of seems to have originated on the social media site Reddit (under the subcategory ‘conspiracy’). Subsequently, an article titled “GMO mosquitoes could be cause of Zika outbreak, critics say,” appeared on the website of Russia Today (a government funded news network that is known to promote conspiracy theories). A day later, theUK tabloid Daily Mail published a similar piece with the title “Are scientists to blame for Zika virus? Researchers released genetically modified mosquitos into Brazil three years ago.” Worryingly, more articles are appearing on smaller news outlets and being shared on other social media sites as well.

The idea carries no scientific weight or credibility, and such news reports also highlight the same kind of poor reporting that undermined legitimate communication efforts during the Ebola outbreak last year, threatening to move focus away from what is important—making sure that people receive the most up to date and accurate information possible.

Oxitec, the company behind the trials, are attempting to reduce the population of the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes which are the major vectors for carrying mosquito borne diseases like dengue, chikungunya and Zika by creating genetically engineering sterile males. The trials that have been conducted in the past few years have proved so successful that the city of Piracicaba recently entered into an agreement with Oxitec to expand its efforts and build a larger facility. (See this GLParticle from last week for a detailed look at how the mosquito works).

You don’t have to look too far beneath the surface to see that the recent claims of modified mosquitoes causing Zika have no merits. There is no evidence presented and the chief ‘critical’ quote is taken from a 2012 comment made by Helen Wallace, head of the anti-GMO group GeneWatch in response Oxitec’s mosquito trials conducted that year. For a thorough debunking of the claims in the Zika conspiracy theory, see this blog which breaks down several conspiracies surrounding the Zika outbreak. Lydia Ramsey of Business Insider also makes several pertinent points as to why no one should believe in it. And when she actually interviewed an expert, this is what he said:

When we chatted with Alex Perkins, a Notre Dame biological sciences professor, about the Zika mosquito conspiracy, he told us nothing could be farther from the truth.

In fact, “It could very well be the case that genetically modified mosquitos could end up being one of the most important tools that we have to combat Zika,” Perkins said. “If anything, we should potentially be looking into using these more.”

The world will always have conspiracy theorists. But my ire in this case, is not directed at them. Instead it is more at reporters and editors who think it is appropriate to publish unfounded claims with no supporting information whatsoever. The Daily Mail is not known for its quality of reporting but it is a newspaper with a very large readership, both in print and online. Mail Online, the website of the Daily Mail has over 11.4 million daily visitors, and by all measures Russia Today is widely viewed as well, given that the article has been shared close to 15,000 times on Facebook. Achieving such a large reader base comes a degree of responsibility which increases greatly during a time of crisis, when the need for information is extremely high.

The 2014 Ebola outbreak was a watershed moment for health reporting that we can look back to see how misinformation changed the outlook of the epidemic. Social media in retrospect had made things better and worse—better in that it easier to get the right word out about what people can and should do in a health emergency, but worse in that it is harder to control the spread of misinformation. As Victor Luckersonwrote in TIME during the Ebola crisis:

Trying to stem the spread of bad information online actually shares many similarities with containing a real-world virus. Infected Internet users, who may have picked up bogus info from an inaccurate media report, another person on social media or word-of-mouth, proceed to “infect” others with each false tweet or Facebook post.

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Moments of crisis, when there’s a vacuum of accurate information, only exacerbate this. “Fear has a role,” says Emilio Ferrara, a postdoctoral fellow at Indiana University’s Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research. “If I read something that leverages my fears, my judgement would be obfuscated, and I could be more prone to spread facts that are obviously wrong under the pressure of these feelings.”

He also quoted the role of the CDC in making accurate information available, saying “Quick, accurate information disseminated as widely as possible, experts say, is the only way to combat the spread of falsities.”

We are fighting a pandemic that has health officials around the world scrambling for solutions. And we are doing so with a very limited set of tools. The Oxitec mosquitoes has proved to be safe and successful on a small scale and it will be many more years of testing and field trials before we will know whether it can be used safely and efficiently on a large scale. However, spreading misinformation about its use only serves to promote fear and could potentially delay its course – a dangerous outcome, given that this is unlikely to be the last mosquito borne epidemic we will see.

In a recent panel discussion conducted by the DC Science Writers Association about reporting during the Ebola crisis, Joel Achenbach, a reporter for the Washington Post talked about the responsibility of the journalists, saying, “our challenge at the Post was to be a good filter of the news so that we would not feed the hysteria.” We are yet again faced with a similar situation ripe for the spread of hysteria. Let’s hope we do better this time.

Arvind Suresh is a science media liaison at the Genetic Expert News Service. He is also a science communicator and a former laboratory biologist. Follow him @suresh_arvind.

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Business Insider caught spreading Propaganda Again, what are they trying to hide ?

The particular strain of Oxitec GM mosquitoes, OX513A, are genetically altered so the vast majority of their offspring will die before they mature — though Dr. Ricarda Steinbrecher published concerns in a report in September 2010 that a known survival rate of 3-4 percent warranted further study before the release of the GM insects. Her concerns, which were echoed by several other scientists both at the time and since, appear to have been ignored — though they should not have been.

Lydia Ramsey of Business Insider also makes 3 pertinent points as to why no one should believe in it.

1.One step some affected areas have tried involves introducing sterile mosquitos >>> If the mosquitos are sterile why do they have a survival rate of 3-4% ?

2.Genetically modifying male mosquitoes, which in turn seek out female mosquitoes and mate with them, resulting in no offspring >>> This again is unture, before release, male and female mosquito pupae are separated mechanically. Sex separation by size sorting is expected to result in a population containing less than 1% females for release (less than 0.1% female if large males are also discarded).

3. Actually interviewed an expert Alex Perkins, a Notre Dame biological sciences professor. >>> Business Insider has not presented any facts here other than opinion of a professor who is not prepared to backup his opinion with scientific evidence to support his views.

If Business Insider is so convinced by their "pertinent points" why not interview Dr. Ricarda Steinbrecher who published concerns in a report in September 2010.


THE UNBIASED FACTS AS I UNDERSTAND THEM

Once offspring are produced, the modified, scientific facet is supposed to ‘kick in’ and kill that larvae before it reaches breeding age — if tetracycline is not present during its development. But there is a problem.

According to an unclassified document from the Trade and Agriculture Directorate Committee for Agriculture dated February 2015, Brazil is the third largest in “global antimicrobial consumption in food animal production” — meaning, Brazil is third in the world for its use of tetracycline in its food animals. As a study by the American Society of Agronomy, et. al., explained, “It is estimated that approximately 75% of antibiotics are not absorbed by animals and are excreted in waste.” One of the antibiotics (or antimicrobials) specifically named in that report for its environmental persistence is tetracycline.

Titled "Fate and Transport of Antibiotic Residues and Antibiotic Resistance Genes
following Land Application of Manure Waste"

http://www.moag.gov.il/NR/rdonlyres/705B62D8-B3F1-475D-91EA-E3EE6161149E/0/FateandtransportofantibioticresiduesandantibioticresistancegenesfollowinglandapplicationofmanureJEnvQual2009.pdf

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Zika virus outbreak linked to release of genetically engineered mosquitoes... disastrous unintended consequences now threaten life across the Americas




NaturalNews) GMO skeptics like myself have been warning for years of the unintended consequences of genetic pollution. Even when genetically engineered organisms are released into the world with the best of intentions, such actions can wreak havoc on the ecosystem and human civilization in ways that simply can't be foreseen by the world's most well-meaning scientists.

I specifically warned about this in 2012, listing the top 12 threats to humanity posed by out of control science. In that infographic, I designated "Level 4" hazards as "Self-replicating pollution," naming genetically engineered organisms as the vector for such threats against humanity. (In the years since, many top science figures like Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have repeated the warnings from my list, including threats from AI.)

Now we may be seeing the first wave of the horrific destruction that can be unleashed by self-replicating genetically modified organisms. The Zika virus, now spreading with unbridled ferocity, appears to have been caused by the release of genetically engineered mosquitoes that scientists hoped would sharply reduce malaria infections.

"The Zika virus outbreak currently gripping the Americas could have been sparked by the release of genetically modified mosquitoes in 2012," reports The Mirror. "The insects were engineered by biotechnology experts to combat the spread of dengue fever and other diseases and released into the general population of Brazil in 2012... The Aedes aegypti mosquito sub-species that carries both the Zika virus and dengue was the type targeted with genetically modified mosquitoes."

But something went horribly wrong.

As pointed out in this fantastic article by AntiMedia.org, the genetic engineers running this massive open-air experiment with mosquitoes and humans failed to consider the impact of antibiotics in the environment caused by their heavy use in agricultural (animal feed) operations.

As AntiMedia reports:

Only the male modified Aedes mosquitoes are supposed to be released into the wild — as they will mate with their unaltered female counterparts. Once offspring are produced, the modified, scientific facet is supposed to ‘kick in’ and kill that larvae before it reaches breeding age — if tetracycline is not present during its development...

According to an unclassified document from the Trade and Agriculture Directorate Committee for Agriculture dated February 2015, Brazil is the third largest in “global antimicrobial consumption in food animal production” — meaning, Brazil is third in the world for its use of tetracycline in its food animals. As a study by the American Society of Agronomy, et. al., explained, “It is estimated that approximately 75% of antibiotics are not absorbed by animals and are excreted in waste.” One of the antibiotics (or antimicrobials) specifically named in that report for its environmental persistence is tetracycline.


The presence of antibiotics causes the mosquitoes that are supposed to die off to survive and reproduce. These same genetically engineered mosquitoes may then bite humans, injecting them with the Zika virus that's now causing horrific mutations in head and brain formation in children.

A whole new epidemic caused by foolish genetic engineering that alters entire ecosystems

At least 4,000 babies in Brazil have been born with microcephaly over just the last four months, and the spread of Zika virus is rapidly exploding. Here's just one photo showing the horrific deformations believed to be caused by Zika, carried by mosquitoes:



As more reports of deformed children keep appearing, the media is freaking out, the CDC is freaking out and the U.S. government is freaking out, demanding urgent calls for yet more vaccines. Alarmingly, the very same scientists who pushed for the release of the genetically engineered mosquitoes that may have caused all this are also now calling for more genetically engineered mosquitoes which they claim will solve this problem.

But the incompetence and corruption of government and science has never been more blatant: None of the testing with GMO mosquitoes took place in the presence of tetracycline or other antibiotics that are now ubiquitous in the environment due to heavy use of drugs in factory farm operations.

Mother Nature is not obedient to the hazardous science of foolish biotechnology

As with GMO crops, these GMO mosquitoes were released into the wilderness by arrogant, incompetent scientists who assume Mother Nature is going to behave the way they want. But Mother Nature doesn't take orders for biotech corporations, it turns out, and life has a way of finding pathways to survival that scientists can never seem to fathom.

This is why GMOs are such an enormous threat to human civilization, and it's why life-hating media outlets like Forbes.com and Wikipedia are so dangerous in their spewing of biotech industry propaganda (pushed by paid biotech industry shills like Henry Miller, Jon Entine, Keith Kloor and Kevin Folta). See the full list of so-called "Monsanto Mafia" members (including paid prostitute journalists like Amy Harmon and Tamar Haspel) at MonsantoMafia.com.

Here's the kind of suffering humanity is now going to increasingly witness across our world as more genetically engineered organisms destroy ecosystems and cause humans to be infected with deadly viruses:



Those who warned about threats to the ecosystem were maliciously smeared and labeled "anti-science"

Myself and many others warned the world about all this, and in return we have been maliciously and repeatedly death-threated, slandered, defamed, blackballed and labeled "anti-science." Yet now, the world is starting to see why we were the wise ones after all: We warned about this exact scenario, knowing that Mother Nature doesn't follow the desires of for-profit corporations and their foolish experiments with the ecosystem.

The Zika virus may be just the beginning. GMOs and their related chemicals are right now devastating honeybee populations, destroying soil microbiology, polluting rivers and oceans, and contaminating the food supply with cancer-causing glyphosate herbicide, a chemical that can cause cancer at parts-per-trillion concentrations.

Two years ago, the EPA quietly raised the limit of glyphosate allowable in food crops, selling out the public by doing the bidding of Monsanto and other biotech firms. The result is that eating cancer-causing poison is now considered "safe" by the EPA -- the same incompetent, corrupt government regulator that knowingly allowed the children of Flint, Michigan, to drink lead water, month after month, without warning the public.

GMOs and the EPA / FDA / USDA... a whole new kind of war on humanity

We must now come to realize that the GMO industry and its captive government regulators (EPA, USDA, FDA) are actively engaged in a war on humanity. It is no coincidence that Bill Gates, a vocal advocate of active human depopulation, is also involved in the same kind of genetically engineered mosquitoes now linked to the Zika pandemic. When the globalists consider all the various ways in which they can murder six billion people and "save the planet" from overpopulation, mosquitoes and engineered viruses become the obvious vectors for achieving that aim.

See Group of scientists gave standing ovation for plan to kill 90 percent of human population with airborne Ebola for yet another example of how "scientists" are thrilled at the idea of using viruses and airborne delivery (via mosquitoes or otherwise) to commit mass genocide against humanity. This is the kind of thing they dream about unleashing in their war against a population problem that they think will end the world if they don't drastically reduce the number of people living on our planet.

The Zika virus, in other words, might not even be an accident. If you give these scientists the most optimistic credit possible, you might say they intended for a positive outcome but didn't realize the risks of what they were doing. But a more pessimistic analysis of their actions might reasonably conclude that they're testing a bioweapon delivery system against humanity.

Only time will tell which interpretation is correct. Whatever the outcome, make no mistake that today's biotech science is incredibly foolish, and the actions of these biotech corporations are putting the very future of humanity at extreme risk. Now, it seems, humanity is beginning to witness the true cost of arrogantly playing God with nature.

http://www.naturalnews.com/052824_Zika_virus_genetically_engineered_mosquitoes_unintended_consequences.html#


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Sorry Boss.  Whereas I am definitely "your gal" and JD's yessman.  I have to agree with Carbon and our Guest (sort of) here.  The GM mosquitoes being the problem makes more sense as a propaganda tool than as a scientifically plausable theory.  

By the same token, GM mosquitoes (which probably will hold the answers if this pandemic drags on chronically) could take a little while to develop and so may not be the answer to this problem (which is acute) either.


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Brazil is the third largest in “global antimicrobial consumption in food animal production” — meaning, Brazil is third in the world for its use of tetracycline in its food animals. As a study by the American Society of Agronomy, et. al., explained, “It is estimated that approximately 75% of antibiotics are not absorbed by animals and are excreted in waste.” One of the antibiotics (or antimicrobials) specifically named in that report for its environmental persistence is tetracycline.

In fact, as a confidential internal Oxitec document http://libcloud.s3.amazonaws.com/93/de/e/986/MosquitoDocOriginal.pdf divulged in 2012, that survival rate could be as high as 15% — even with low levels of tetracycline present. “Even small amounts of tetracycline can repress” the engineered lethality. Indeed, that 15% survival rate was described by Oxitec:

After a lot of testing and comparing experimental design, it was found that [researchers] had used a cat food to feed the [OX513A] larvae and this cat food contained chicken. It is known that tetracycline is routinely used to prevent infections in chickens, especially in the cheap, mass produced, chicken used for animal food. The chicken is heat-treated before being used, but this does not remove all the tetracycline. This meant that a small amount of tetracycline was being added from the food to the larvae and repressing the [designed] lethal system.

Even absent this tetracycline, as Steinbrecher explained, a “sub-population” of genetically-modified Aedes mosquitoes could theoretically develop and thrive, in theory, “capable of surviving and flourishing despite any further” releases of ‘pure’ GM mosquitoes which still have that gene intact. She added, “the effectiveness of the system also depends on the [genetically-designed] late onset of the lethality. If the time of onset is altered due to environmental conditions … then a 3-4% [survival rate] represents a much bigger problem.

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We are all screwed with the use of Antibiotics in our food source, GM mosquitoes, GM grains, and all the other crap science is doing for our "good".   Best said in Jurassic Park:

" Henry Wu: We control their chromosomes. It's really not that difficult. All vertebrate embryos are inherently female anyway, they just require an extra hormone given at the right developmental stage to make them male. We simply deny them that.

Dr. Ellie Sattler: Deny them that?

Dr. Ian Malcolm: John, the kind of control you're attempting simply is... it's not possible. If there is one thing the history of evolution has taught us it's that life will not be contained. Life breaks free, it expands to new territories and crashes through barriers, painfully, maybe even dangerously, but, uh... well, there it is.

John Hammond: [sardonically] There it is.

Henry Wu: You're implying that a group composed entirely of female animals will... breed?

Dr. Ian Malcolm: No. I'm, I'm simply saying that life, uh... finds a way."


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Not necessarily passing judgement on the use of GM mosquitoes - just pointing out that the same region where these were released is coincidentally the same place that the latest outbreak seems to have begun. Whether they're related or not remains to be seen.
However...on the subject of genetically engineering organisms to suit our needs, I have little or no faith in our ability to do it right every time. First, we're nowhere near as smart as we like to think, and second, the decisions will undoubtedly be made by those with profit in mind and not the best interests of the world at large (our friends at Monsanto, for example).
We're finding more and more genes that have multiple roles - some day we're going to discover we flicked the wrong switch while we were making something tastier, redder/greener, or more insect resistant. GMO organisms are notoriously hard to contain once they're out in the wild, and that makes playing God all the more dangerous when we're anything but God-like.


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keep seeing articles everyday now in Drudgereport that soon we'll be eating meat that's grown entirely in a test tube.  No need to farm raise animals for food any longer.

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I fear it's worse then we can possibly imagine as  Zika attacks and breaches the immune system in a similar manner to Ebola.

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I would assume at this stage the Zika(variant) probably remains in the seminal fluid of it's male victims for 9 months
as per Ebola ?
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I'll tell ya, what's most bothersome, is that we have no answers.  From sexual transmission, to neurological disorder in adults, possible asymptomatic carries, etc.... The WHO knew damn well sexual transmission was probably efficient, and it;s been downplayed.  They never mention the neuro disorder in adults.  And why are health officials in Brazil so panicked about asymptomatic cases, which implies their infectious?

Are they intentionally withholding their findings because of the Olympics and money at stake?  I mean they have one million cases to investigate in Brazil right now for answers.  And no doubt they have these answers.   If they can't make a determination out of 1 mill cases to study, we're in trouble.  Either they're flat-out inept or intentionally withholding info.   1 mill cases to look into and no answers at all? Confused
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Anyone who goes to Brazil is NUTS including the athletes.
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