Vatic Note: On this surface, this could be nothing, but the minute I hear "Genetically Engineered" I think of Mansanto and its GMO that was anything but for the good of the people on this planet. Those are killer seeds. Then the next question becomes, "what is a vaccine?" Its the inserting of the virus, although weakened, of the very virus you are trying to kill. Then I ask myself, well, then does that mean these mosquitos that might not have had the virus and bitten someone, will now have the virus and pass on that malaria to others when it might not have happened before inserting the weakened virus? Not enough answers to these questions. Worse, we have a history of bioengineering for the purposes of eugenics and depopulation as we have shown numberous times on this blog. Now it becomes important to stop all this engineering before it gets completely out of control. The last consideration is "DO WE TRUST THOSE DOING THIS?" Not anymore. Who has the most advanced bioweapons facility in the world? Israel.
Title: Genetically modified mosquitos could be used to spread vaccine for malaria (A genetically engineered mosquito that vaccinates as it bites has been developed by scientists.)
By: Richard Alleyne, Science Correspondent
Date: 7:30AM GMT 19 Mar 2010
Experts believe "flying vaccinators" could eventually be a radical new way of tackling malaria. The new approach targets the salivary gland of the Anopheles mosquito.
Scientists in Japan have engineered an insect producing a natural vaccine protein in its saliva which is injected into the bloodstream when it bites.
The "prototype" mosquito carries a vaccine against Leishmania, another potentially fatal parasite disease spread by sand flies.
Leishmania infection can cause painful sores, fever and weight loss and if untreated may destroy the liver and spleen. Mice bitten by the vaccinating insect generated antibodies against the Leishmania organism, indicating immunisation.
"Following bites, protective immune responses are induced, just like a conventional vaccination but with no pain and no cost," said study leader Professor Shigeto Yoshida, from Jichi Medical University in Shimotsuki, Japan.
"What's more, continuous exposure to bites will maintain high levels of protective immunity, through natural boosting, for a life time. So the insect shifts from being a pest to being beneficial."
The research is reported in the journal Insect Molecular Biology.
Scientists are still working on developing an effective malaria vaccine, so Prof Yoshida's study was very much a "proof of concept".
Ethical considerations may also get in the way of using "flying vaccinators" to control malaria, he said.
Such a strategy would involve the mass delivery of a vaccine without first obtaining the consent of patients or monitoring dosages.
Each year malaria claims between one and two million lives around the world, mostly of African children.
The disease is caused by a single-celled parasite spread by the Anopheles mosquito. Scientists have looked at a number of ways of genetically modifying the insect to stop it transmitting the organism. They include making male mosquitoes infertile, and creating a malaria-free insect that will out-survive the carriers.
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