Malaria Eradication

April 20, 2012, 2:51 p.m.

Ridley examines "a new control technique developed by a former Oxford University scientist named Luke Alphey," which involves releasing mosquitoes that have been genetically modified so that they would not produce viable offspring, and writes, "Predictably, perhaps, the genetic modifications have led to objections from some Western pressure groups, showing their now customary tendency to elevate theoretical principles above the battle against human suffering." He continues, "Yet the great advantage of Dr. Alphey's approach, in contrast to the fogging of dengue-affected areas with insecticide, is that it is pest-specific" and "[n]o other insect is hurt." Ridley concludes, "With such a technique, the eventual eradication of human malaria from the planet is far from being an impossible dream".

 

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