Saturday, January 30, 2016

Oxitec outbreak or opinionated offal?...

Until recently probably 99.999% of the population didn't know knew about nor had heard of the Zika virus (first isolated in 1947 in the Zika Forest in Uganda, by scientists researching Yellow Fever [Wiki] ). There seems to be more than one conspiracy theory doing the rounds that the hub of a massive increase of a birth defect in Brazil confirmed to be associated with the virus could have been caused by the release in the same region of GM modified mosquitoes developed by pioneering UK biotech (environmentally friendly insect/ pest/ disease control) company Oxitec. This conspiracy theory has already produced at least one rebuttal but there is nothing theoretical about the new pandemic.

"Let us spray" [Link].

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