Welcome to Crazy Town, the home of conspiracy theorists, propagandists, rogue actors from various professions, fake news outlets and other assorted tribes. Recently, rather than fight Covid with a vaccination, some have preferred to purchase Ivermectin from the feed store. This drug is used to de-worm horses and cows. It can also be used for getting rid of lice and scabies in dogs, cats and other mammals. However, those “other mammals” were not intended to be the 2 legged kind who stand upright and sport opposable thumbs. This is a real thing in several states. Hospitals poison control centers were getting calls from those who had self-medicated with horse and cow de-wormers. Ivermectin is known to cause liver and kidney problems in humans, yet some hosts on Fox news and disreputable internet sites were promoting use of this stuff for Covid.
When I heard a flurry of reports on cable news stations about a rush on Ivermectin, I had to take a big detour from my original topic. Getting back on the road we are looking at GMO mosquitoes. Yet another real thing buzzing around in Crazy Town. Here’s the Reader’s Digest version of what is going on. Apparently it is the female mosquito that infects humans with potentially serious diseases when bitten.
Under the auspices of the U.S.’s Environmental Protection Agency mutant male mosquitoes were developed. The intent was to reduce the use of insecticides as well as reducing the pernicious female population. The mutant male mosquitoes have a killer gene that will do in female offspring thus eliminating the spread of mosquito carrying disease. Hundreds of thousands of these GMO mosquitoes have been released in the Florida keys to the chagrin of residents. If you are curious about the full explanation of this project, it can be found at www.nature.com or www.ctvnes.ca to name a couple of sites.
It was a little difficult to write about this stuff. You could think it came from a sci fi novel. I am a fan of science except when the bounds of morality and ethics are challenged. Tom Clancy sums it all up rather well - “The difference between reality and fiction is that fiction has to be believable.
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