GMO Mosquitoes Spreading Zika Virus

MikeG

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According to Underground World News, GMO mosquitoes are spreading the Zika virus

BIOWEAPON! ZIKA VIRUS IS BEING SPREAD BY GMO MOSQUITOES FUNDED BY GATES!

http://undergroundworldnews.com/201...ing-spread-by-gmo-mosquitoes-funded-by-gates/


The actual story cited is from Entomology Today:

The results of a trial of genetically engineered mosquitoes intended to reduce their ability to transmit dengue fever have been published in the journal PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.

The mosquitoes, commonly known as “Friendly Aedes aegypti” mosqitoes in Brazil where the trial took place, were developed by a company called Oxitec.

The results of the trial showed that the numbers of the mosquito (Aedes aegypti) that spreads dengue fever, yellow fever, chikungunya, and zika virus were reduced by more than 90%.

“The fact that the number of Aedes aegypti adults were reduced by 95% in the treatment area confirms that the Oxitec mosquito does what it is supposed to, and that is to get rid of mosquitoes,” said Dr. Andrew McKemey, head of field operations at Oxitec.
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http://entomologytoday.org/2015/07/...d-mosquitoes-reduce-population-by-95-percent/


It says nothing about how the Oxitec mosquitos are responsible for spreading disease. In fact, it looks like the research, published last summer, was remarkably successful.

http://journals.plos.org/plosntds/article?id=10.1371/journal.pntd.0003864#sec001

Of course that does not stop Underground World News from crafting its own narrative, a process that involves some interesting cherry picking.

But scientists have warned the study had too few controls in place to ensure that the mosquitoes released into the wild did not end up spreading dengue fever, yellow fever, chikungunya, and zika virus.

In short, these genetically modified mosquitoes could be the cause of the Zika virus outbreak in Brazil and other parts of South and Central America.

“If these mosquitoes are completely safe, then why the hush-hush?” says Gurmit Singh, chair of the Centre for Environment, Technology and Development in Malaysia, another country slated for an Oxitec field trial.
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http://news.sciencemag.org/2010/11/gm-mosquito-trial-strains-ties-gates-funded-project


If you look at the actual article cited, it is from a 2010 edition of Science and refers to a 2009 trial conducted by Oxitec in the Cayman Islands.

The Centre for Environment, Technology, and Development is an environmental group that is identified as such in the original Science article.

http://cetdem.org.my/wordpress/?page_id=56


Nothing in the article mentions spreading the Zika virus or anything else. The real point of disagreement has more to do with having public meetings on the release of genetically modified mosquitoes than the actual science.

A more balanced article on Oxitec and the Gates foundation is in Nature Biotechnology.

http://www.nature.com/nbt/journal/v29/n1/full/nbt0111-9a.html


The World Health Organization guidelines mentioned in the Science article were published in 2014.

http://www.who.int/tdr/publications/year/2014/guide-fmrk-gm-mosquit/en/
 

Auldy

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Came across this (very good) blog over the weekend run by a virologist where the myths and bunk of the Zika virus have been analysed and debunked. Good reading. It adds a bit to the info in the OP.

One great bit of anti-bunk ammo for this one is, IMO:

One last point here, I also came across another GE mosquito CT that Bill Gates was spreading Zika virus with the GE mosquitoes. This is crazy because the GE mosquitoes are male and male mosquitoes don't bite.
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Dan Wilson

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It's funny how conspiracy theories and even the media often portray the spread of these diseases as something new. Zika virus has been around for a very long time and doesn't need GM mosquitoes to spread.
http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/20/6/ET-2006_article
It was subsequently isolated from a human in Nigeria in 1954. From its discovery until 2007, confirmed cases of Zika virus infection from Africa and Southeast Asia were rare. In 2007, however, a major epidemic occurred in Yap Island, Micronesia. More recently, epidemics have occurred in Polynesia, Easter Island, the Cook Islands and New Caledonia.
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cloudspotter

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There's a new claim circulating regarding Zika


The “Zika” Virus Was Created and Patented By The Rockefeller’s, The goal Is to kill Millions of People
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http://www.conspiracyclub.co/2016/02/02/zika-virus-rockefeller/

Based on nothing more than this

http://www.lgcstandards-atcc.org/Global/Products/6/B/D/B/VR-84.aspx?geo_country=gb#history

1454271628_d4bfa-zika1.jpg

But as far as I can tell this is just a repository for samples which can be ordered rather than the registration of a patent.
 

Mick West

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J. Casals was a virology researcher at Rockerfeller University, "founded in June 1901 as The Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research—often called simply The Rockefeller Institute". Some things Rockefeller did:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockefeller_University
Rockefeller researchers were the first to culture the infectious agent associated with syphilis,[8] showed that viruses can be oncogenic, and enabled the field tumor biology,[9] developed tissue culture techniques,[10] developed the practice of travel vaccination,[11] identified the phenomenon of autoimmune disease,[12] developed virology as an independent field,[13] developed the first antibiotic,[14] obtained the first American isolation of influenzavirus A and first isolation of influenzavirus B,[15]showed that genes are structurally composed of DNA,[16] discovered blood groups, resolved that virus particles are protein crystals,[17] helped develop the field cell biology,[18] resolved antibody structure, developed methadone treatment of heroin addiction, devised the AIDS drug cocktail, and identified the appetite-regulating hormone leptin
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In order to think there's something to the "Zika virus invented by Rockefellers", you basically have to think all modern science and and medicine is a carefully constructed lie. Of course there are some people who think that, and it's unlikely they can be persuaded otherwise.

Jordi Casals is an accomplished researcher with many papers to his name, nearly dying for his research.
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/21/n...et-who-found-lassa-virus-dies-at-92.html?_r=0

Dr. Jordi Casals-Ariet, the epidemiologist who was nearly killed in 1969 by Lassa fever while his team at Yale was discovering the virus that causes it, died in Manhattan on Feb. 10, his wife, Ellen, said yesterday. He was 92.

Lassa fever is one of the hemorrhagic fever viruses, and its discovery was as striking as any in the history of virology. Yale halted research into it because infections acquired in the laboratory there killed one worker, in addition to making Dr. Casals deathly ill.
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Marin B

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There's a new claim circulating regarding Zika


The “Zika” Virus Was Created and Patented By The Rockefeller’s, The goal Is to kill Millions of People
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http://www.conspiracyclub.co/2016/02/02/zika-virus-rockefeller/

Based on nothing more than this

http://www.lgcstandards-atcc.org/Global/Products/6/B/D/B/VR-84.aspx?geo_country=gb#history

1454271628_d4bfa-zika1.jpg

But as far as I can tell this is just a repository for samples which can be ordered rather than the registration of a patent.

You're absolutely right. ATCC is the repository for biological samples. I was sent the same ATCC link from my favorite CT-believer, who I presume got it from http://www.globalresearch.ca/who-owns-the-zika-virus/5505323
I can assure you that there are no patents directed to the Zika virus that are owned by any Rockefeller institution (I wasn't expecting to find any, but I searched a patent database I have access to just to be sure). There are a few drug companies that have patents claiming antiviral compounds that are purportedly effective against Zika virus, but nothing nefarious that I could see!

Came across a scienceblog that's keeping a pretty good tally on the different Zika conspiraries:
http://scienceblogs.com/aetiology/2016/02/03/the-zika-conspiracies-have-begun/
 

Marin B

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Jordi Casals is an accomplished researcher with many papers to his name, nearly dying for his research.
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/21/n...et-who-found-lassa-virus-dies-at-92.html?_r=0

Interesting article. I wondered if Dr. Casals 1969 plasma transfusion was the first time someone with a deadly viral infection was treated this way. But found that it has been used since the Spanish flu in 1917.

Dr. Casals first felt ill in June 1969, shortly after he began working with the virus. But he said he did not think he had Lassa fever because his severe thigh-muscle aching was a symptom the nurses had escaped. A friend persuaded him to go to Columbia-Presbyterian. As Dr. Casals's illness became increasingly severe, his doctors grew to suspect the virus he was investigating.

In desperation, his doctors had Ms. Pinneo fly to Manhattan from her home in Rochester so that doctors could take some of her blood, separate the plasma part that contained the antibodies that allowed her to recover, and inject them into Dr. Casals. But the procedure, untested for the fever, was at best risky.

''We gathered in a room and debated that thing up and down, back and forth, while Jordi was sinking very, very fast,'' Dr. Tignor said. ''We did not know for sure whether giving him those antibodies would be a good thing or a bad thing, but we decided to go ahead, and we held our breath. It was downright scary.''
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Auldy

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You're absolutely right. ATCC is the repository for biological samples. I was sent the same ATCC link from my favorite CT-believer, who I presume got it from http://www.globalresearch.ca/who-owns-the-zika-virus/5505323
I can assure you that there are no patents directed to the Zika virus that are owned by any Rockefeller institution (I wasn't expecting to find any, but I searched a patent database I have access to just to be sure). There are a few drug companies that have patents claiming antiviral compounds that are purportedly effective against Zika virus, but nothing nefarious that I could see!

Came across a scienceblog that's keeping a pretty good tally on the different Zika conspiraries:
http://scienceblogs.com/aetiology/2016/02/03/the-zika-conspiracies-have-begun/

Agreed. Considering the huge amount other virus, bacteria and altered cell lines avaliable from the ATCC, it's a wonder they haven't accidentally uncovered a massive nefarious plot. But of course, the real reason is so simple.
 

cloudspotter

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You're absolutely right. ATCC is the repository for biological samples. I was sent the same ATCC link from my favorite CT-believer, who I presume got it from http://www.globalresearch.ca/who-owns-the-zika-virus/5505323
I can assure you that there are no patents directed to the Zika virus that are owned by any Rockefeller institution (I wasn't expecting to find any, but I searched a patent database I have access to just to be sure). There are a few drug companies that have patents claiming antiviral compounds that are purportedly effective against Zika virus, but nothing nefarious that I could see!

Came across a scienceblog that's keeping a pretty good tally on the different Zika conspiraries:
http://scienceblogs.com/aetiology/2016/02/03/the-zika-conspiracies-have-begun/

Thanks for confirming that. Something on that page that I've seen raising eyebrows is the "blood from experimental monkey" part. I assume that just means it's from the blood of a monkey used in the lab rather than an experimental engineered monkey or whatever the CT mind reads into it?
 

Marin B

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Thanks for confirming that. Something on that page that I've seen raising eyebrows is the "blood from experimental monkey" part. I assume that just means it's from the blood of a monkey used in the lab rather than an experimental engineered monkey or whatever the CT mind reads into it?

It was a caged monkey in the forest. Below is the abstract of the paper cited in the ATCC listing.
From http://trstmh.oxfordjournals.org/content/46/5/509.abstract


  1. 1. (1) The isolation of what is believed to be a hitherto unrecorded virus is described. The first isolation was made in April 1947 from the serum of a pyrexial rhesus monkey caged in the canopy of Zika Forest. The second isolation was made from a lot of A. africanustaken in January, 1948, in the same forest. The virus has been called Zika virus after the locality from where the isolations were made.

  2. 2. (2) Cross neutralization tests indicate that Zika virus is not related to yellow fever, Hawaii dengue nor to the FA and GD VII strains of Theiler's mouse encephalomyelitis virus. Neutralization tests with Zika virus and the antisera of some other viruses which are neurotropic in mice gave no evidence of any identity of these with Zika virus.
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skephu

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Here's an interesting article about how the GM mosquitoes could have given rise to a more deadly Zika virus:
Pandora's box: how GM mosquitos could have caused Brazil's microcephaly disaster
It's a speculation about how the transposons used to create the GM mosquitoes might have jumped over into the Zika virus genome.
However, the article debunks itself at the end where it reports sequence analysis showing that there is no transposon in the Zika sequence. Besides, Zika is an RNA virus, so it's not susceptible to DNA transposons.

But these notes only appear at the very end of the article, and the headline and the rest of the article remain, and I see a lot of shares on facebook and elsewhere where it is used to spread the GM mosquitoes caused Zika idea.
 
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