Maybe BiG would care to comment?November 26, 2018 Tim WorstallTimmy Elsewhere10 CommentsWhy releasing sterile mozzies might not work. previousA strange theorynextThey’re lying obviously 10 thoughts on “Maybe BiG would care to comment?” Bloke in Germany November 26, 2018 at 12:45 pm Sterile insect technique has been done in combination with a sex-selection technique that results in a very low proportion of females in the release. It should work because male mosquitoes don’t bite, and females only mate once. Unfortunately, when it came to field trials, “scientists are releasing male flies sterilised by irradiating them to control the mosquito population” got translated in the local population’s minds to “scientists are releasing radioactive flies to sterilise males to control the human population”. That was, last I heard, the end of it “in the wild”. Lord T November 26, 2018 at 1:02 pm In a Darwinian scenario having a population that can’t breed is doomed to failure. Perhaps they should breed a mozzie that can breed fine but just likes normal mozzies or a bunch of long lived mozzies that kills everything it screws and make it screw boys and girl mozzies. Bloke in Germany November 26, 2018 at 1:44 pm The idea is the released and wild populations interact, the released population takes the wild population down with it. A wild/released cross is sterile (whether because the male is infertile or the offspring are sterile is irrelevant). This should work given the females only get one shot at reproduction. But it looks like you need overwhelming force from the released population to have any impact, and mosquitoes breed so quickly and live over such huge areas you may never be able to eradicate the problem. theProle November 26, 2018 at 3:10 pm Isn’t the only way to make this fly (sorry!) to have the female offspring of the crossbreed infertile, but the male offspring fertile (but producing more infertile female descendants). Otherwise you have to keep introducing vast numbers of GM males to achieve anything other than a temporary blip in population numbers? The Meissen Bison November 26, 2018 at 3:31 pm The progressive way to do this is to create a GM mozzie with a dominant vegan gene whose offspring all inherit the gene, refuse to nibble people and eventually die out without progeny. Voilà! Mojave Greenie November 26, 2018 at 4:12 pm For some reason I read that as moggie. Puts kind of a different spin on the story. John November 26, 2018 at 4:19 pm I read it as muzzie. That would work. PF November 26, 2018 at 5:50 pm “Read the o as a u.” Strangely, so did I. And thought “that’s a bit off-piste for Tim?”. Then I clicked the link.. Pcar November 26, 2018 at 8:30 pm I saw the BiG ref and read it as “needles” Dongguan John November 27, 2018 at 12:51 am We made a sterile parasite Prime Minister and that didn’t work either. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.