Opinion Piece Discusses Debate Related To Using Genetically Altered Mosquitoes To Address Malaria
Wall Street Journal: Environmental Extremists Favor Mosquitoes Over Mankind
Richard Tren, co-founder of Africa Fighting Malaria
“…Target Malaria is a Gates Foundation-supported research effort to develop genetically modified sterile mosquitoes. Its approach is to drive modified genes through a mosquito population to produce sterile females or cause the breeding of only males. The goal is to reduce mosquito populations so much that the malaria parasite cannot be spread from person to person. … The activist opposition to Target Malaria is part of a larger and growing campaign against all modern genetic technologies and pesticides used in both disease control and agriculture. … The emergence of resistant strains of mosquitoes and malaria parasites means public health programs need new tools…” (7/29).