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  • Reply to: Is genetic modification of anophelines the way to start elimination of malaria?   1 day 7 hours ago

    Thank you Graham, Nestor and my anonymous friend.
    In general, I agree with all your comments, altho I don't see the analogy between GM of mosquitoes and DDT resistance. But what all three of you point out is that this approach will take a long time, as we have multiple anopheline species to deal with.
    So it won't happen overnight, and we are already facing resistance to pyrethroids and to artemisin drugs. So in the meantime.....

    Maybe we have to start adding environmental and ecological approaches, such as filling and draining swamps, and screening houses with improved eaves and walls. Although we have repeatedly urged Tim Ziemer at the US PMI to do this, he seems to be waiting for the whole program to collapse before he will add such obvious measures.
    On the other hand, if GM offers such promise, shouldn't WHO be chasing it? Shouldn't Pedro Alonso convene an Expert Committee and get things going fast?
    Bill

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  • Reply to: Is genetic modification of anophelines the way to start elimination of malaria?   3 days 9 hours ago

    Read the following on wordpress

    "Who benefits from this Zika “science”? Certainly, the people who are releasing genetically engineered (GE) mosquitos as a form of disease-prevention. The big honcho is a company named Oxitec. So far, the GE mosquitos are being used to curtail dengue fever in Brazil, Malaysia, and the Cayman Islands. Florida is next up on the agenda. But with Zika coming on strong in the press as a “mosquito-carried plague,” how long will it be before special bugs are modified to save the planet from this new threat…

    Just a few problems with the GE mosquitos, though.

    A town in Brazil has reported continuing elevated levels of dengue fever since the GE (genetically engineered) mosquitoes have been introduced to combat that disease.

    The scientific hypothesis is: the trickster GE bugs (males) will impregnate natural females, but no actual next generation will occur beyond the larval stage. However, this plummeting birth rate in mosquitoes is the only “proof” that the grand experiment is safe. No long-term health studies have been done

    Needless to say, without extensive lab testing, there is no way to tell what these GE mosquitoes are actually harboring, in addition to what researchers claim. That’s a major red flag.

    Wherever these GE mosquitoes have been introduced, or are about to be introduced, the human populations have not been consulted for their permission. It’s all being done by government and corporate edict. It’s human experimentation on a grand scale.

    There are concerns that, if indeed the dengue-carrying mosquitos are actually wiped out, the vacuum may be filled by another dengue carrier, the Asian Tiger Mosquito—which breeds much faster.

    Other than that, everything is perfect. Let’s have a big parade and welcome genetically-engineered mosquitos to planet Earth.

    Nestor

  • Reply to: A must-see: Sonia Shah about malaria (TED)   3 days 9 hours ago

    Nice presentation. Only a minor comment....we must change the breeding grounds of malaria.....but if these breeding grounds continue to be over-populated, we will never sort this disease out. In other words.....birth control! The world is over populated and continuing this way is a crash course. I find it remarkable that she hasnt spoken a word about that. The world cannot sustain the predicted doubling of its population by 2050. No matter what development takes place...7 billion is already unsustainable.

  • Reply to: Breaking news from clinical trials with Artemisia plants   4 days 14 hours ago

    25 000 children are killed every day in tropical countries by malaria, diarrhea, leishmaniasis, bilharziosis, Trypanosoma, Chagas, dengue, toxoplasma, tuberculosis…
    This hecatomb is ignored by the media because these neglected diseases in neglected populations are of little interest.

    But every 2 years the media jump on a hype launched by Bigpharma and immediately orchestrated by WHO, very soon joined by UNICEF and MSF and Bill&Melinda. Always the risk is assessed in its incidence for people from the North, be it tourists or children. When enough money has been collected from our governments, enough drugs like Tamiflu have been sold the hype and the disease disappear.

    But a finding like the one described in this blog “Breaking news from Congo” will not appear in our press. It would kill the business with pharmaceutical companies.

    Thiery Guiakoro