The Ethics of Wiping out a Mosquito Species

Anan Suphap

The latest blog post on the Plastocene reflects on a genetic technology that could eradicate an entire species of malaria-carrying mosquito.

It sounds like an ethical no-brainer.  Some people, however, are a little more hesitant.

“The announcement that a new genetic technology had successfully eradicated a carefully contained population of Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes grabbed headlines last week across the world. It not only indicated an incredible piece of science. It also opened a Pandora’s box of complicated ethical questions………” (read more)

The piece was picked up by the news site boingboing and is linked here.

 

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