I Swear I Got Herpes From A Mosquito Honey!

July 12, 2012 in FDA, Genetically Modified Animals, Wildlife

I was listening to the Alex Jones show today and he was interviewing Hadyn Parry, the CEO of Oxitech. This company, which does a lot of work/testing in Brazil, has genetically modified the males of a mosquitoes strain called Aedes aegypti to be sterile. That way when the lab altered mosquito is released into the wild it will compete with wild males to breed with the females of the same strain.

Illustration of mating Aedes aegypti DN I Swear I Got Herpes From A Mosquito Honey!

Why are they trying to reduce the ‘skeeter population you ask?

The Aedes aegypti strain spreads a disease called dengue fever, also known as breakbone fever, and there isn’t an insulin. This disease affects between 50 – 100 million people, each year, in the tropics and subtropics. It causes fever, muscle and joint pain, a skin rash that looks like measles and possible dengue shock syndrome where dangerously low blood pressure occurs.

The lab altered males breed and the offspring, which could be up to 500 within a females life, die before adulthood. The process disrupts the cell structure. But what happens if a female gets altered, which they admit can and has happened, and bites someone?

They have submitted the paperwork to the FDA because they claim the Aedes aegypti strain has infiltrated the Keys and Everglades here in Florida. They have no idea how long the process will take to get approved.

I checked out Oxitech’s website and they have a HUGE FAQs section with some real good questions and to be honest with you I’m surprised they addressed some of the questions let alone post them on their site. One of the questions was since this particular strain is genetically modified can you get herpes from mosquitoes! I thought the question was a joke but in the answer the say the following:

Herpes is spread by human-to-human contact, not by mosquitoes.

Oxitec’s mosquitoes contain a small piece of synthetic DNA, part of which is similar to a piece of herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1).  This represents one quarter of one percent of the virus genome.  It is used in the modified mosquitoes as part of the system which allows the genetic modification to be suppressed by the antibiotic, tetracycline. This system has been widely used in yeast, insects, plants and mammals, especially mice, with more than 7,000 scientific publications over the past 20 years. It is a very well understood, very safe genetic system.

This short fragment of DNA cannot replicate or spread in cells, unlike the virus from which it has been derived. It can neither behave like a functioning virus nor can it provide a new route for virus transmission.  In short, these modified mosquitoes cannot give you herpes.

Just the mere idea of ANY part of the herpes strain in the genetics scares the crap out of me!

The CEO says since the company isn’t that big they have to get help from outsides sources. This sounds like a wide open door for big corporations and governments to get their paws on this technology for evil purposes. Couldn’t a virus be spread to humans through these mosquitoes?

That scares the crap out of me too!

…and they feed them horse blood they buy from a source the CEO couldn’t confirm…

That just creeps me out…