Biotech company to release millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in California

A biotech company with deep ties to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is about to release mosquitoes with synthetic DNA into California, supposedly to control the state’s mosquito population. Oxitec, a British biotechnology company specializing in the development of genetically engineered insects, recently said it has created one of its first genetically modified organisms by changing the … Continue reading Biotech company to release millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in California

Genetically modified mosquitoes are being released in Florida Keys despite protests

On Thursday, April 29, workers from British biotech firm Oxitec placed boxes of mosquito larvae into six yards in the Florida Keys. They then added water. In a week, some 12,000 genetically modified (GM) male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes will emerge out of each box, making the first batch of GM mosquitoes released in the United States. Oxitec and … Continue reading Genetically modified mosquitoes are being released in Florida Keys despite protests

How to make DIY non-toxic mosquito repellants with essential oils

  With the mosquito season well underway, it can be tempting to buy mosquito repellants to protect yourself from mosquito bites. But these commercial products contain toxic chemicals that can do more harm than good to your health and the environment. To ward off mosquitoes without getting exposed to chemicals, try one of the following recipes … Continue reading How to make DIY non-toxic mosquito repellants with essential oils

‘Halt this nightmare’: Alarm as Florida set to begin release of genetically engineered mosquitoes

Environmentalists and Florida residents voiced concern and outrage Monday as state government officials and the biotechnology giant Oxitec announced plans to move ahead this week with a pilot project that involves releasing up to a billion genetically engineered mosquitoes in Monroe County over a two-year period. (Article by Jake Johnson republished from CommonDreams.org)  “EPA has set the lowest possible bar … Continue reading ‘Halt this nightmare’: Alarm as Florida set to begin release of genetically engineered mosquitoes

EPA approves release of GMO mosquitoes in the Florida Keys despite safety concerns

Britain-based biotech company Oxitec has received approval from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to release genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes in the Florida Keys this spring. The firm claims that the technology is safe and effective at eradicating dengue fever and other mosquito-borne diseases in the area – a claim that scientists and residents dispute. Oxitec, which is U.S.-owned but U.K.-based, says … Continue reading EPA approves release of GMO mosquitoes in the Florida Keys despite safety concerns

GMO mosquitos being released in Florida Keys despite concerns by scientists and residents

Coronavirus isn’t the only danger Floridians will have to contend with this spring as biotech firm Oxitec has announced that it will be releasing genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys. These mosquitoes have been genetically altered in a way that causes them to pass “self-limiting” genes to offspring. When the modified male mosquitoes breed with … Continue reading GMO mosquitos being released in Florida Keys despite concerns by scientists and residents

Bill Gates wants to deploy genetically modified mosquitoes to inject vaccines

Microsoft founder Bill Gates is mulling the use of genetically modified mosquitoes to “vaccinate” people. The technology bigwig and vaccine advocate brings his jab obsession a notch higher with the “flying syringes” project. To make this idea a reality, Gates has provided funding to a Japanese scientist who has pushed the idea of genetically modifying mosquitoes. Japanese … Continue reading Bill Gates wants to deploy genetically modified mosquitoes to inject vaccines

An accident waiting to happen: Tech company to release 750 MILLION GMO mosquitoes in Florida to fight dengue fever

Mosquitoes spread many diseases, such as dengue and Zika virus. To prevent these deadly diseases, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has allowed a UK-based tech company to conduct a nightmarish plan: The release of genetically modified (GMO) mosquitoes into Florida. Oxitec created a modified male mosquito with offspring that dies before hatching. Named OX5034, the GMO mosquito was designed as … Continue reading An accident waiting to happen: Tech company to release 750 MILLION GMO mosquitoes in Florida to fight dengue fever

Anti-mosquito diets: 3 Foods to eat to keep mosquitoes at bay

Mosquitoes are difficult to get rid of. You can use insect repellents, but commercially available ones are filled with chemicals that are harmful for your overall well-being. You can also try using essential oils which, when diffused into your room, can deter mosquitoes. Another way to keep mosquitoes far away from you is to eat certain foods. Here … Continue reading Anti-mosquito diets: 3 Foods to eat to keep mosquitoes at bay

How to prevent bug bites in the wild

Outdoor activities can be fun and exciting, but it also means that you may have to deal with pesky bugs. On the other hand, during a survival scenario the last thing you want to do is look for ways to get rid of various insects that bite and sting. (h/t to SurvivalSullivan.com) To prevent mosquito bites, … Continue reading How to prevent bug bites in the wild