Oxitec, Gates Foundation aim to curb pesticide-resistant insects, malaria with new ‘self-limiting mosquito’

| October 19, 2018

Oxitec [a] UK-based biotechnology company ….. [October 18] announced that it is expanding its collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation …. to develop a self-limiting mosquito strain to combat the Anopheles stephensi mosquito that transmits malaria in South Asia, the Middle East and the Horn of Africa using its 2nd generation Friendly Mosquito technology ….

Oxitec has developed a powerful biological engineering platform that can be used to develop a range of self-limiting insects …. [the] insects are designed to significantly reduce the population of a targeted pest species in a way that is safe for humans and the environment.

[The new] Anopheles strains will both incorporate Oxitec’s 2nd generation technology, which utilizes a single self-limiting gene to kill disease-transmitting female pest mosquitoes in the wild. Upon release into the wild, Friendly mosquitoes mate with wild females, allowing only male offspring – also containing a self-limiting gene – to survive to adulthood while all female offspring die before adulthood. This has a direct suppression effect on the targeted mosquito population.

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In addition to pest population suppression, Oxitec’s 2nd generation …. technology introduces …. the potential ability to reverse insecticide resistance in wild-type insect populations that have become resistant to traditional pesticides. Oxitec’s technology introduces susceptible genes into the environment via the surviving male offspring, thereby diluting existing resistance in established wild pest populations.

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  1. https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2017-0756-0034 Source

    Antimicrobial Stewardship Concern Regarding OX513A Tetracycline Dependent Mosquitoes – A call to quantify the risk of promoting antimicrobial resistance prior to release.

    Florida Keys Physicians ask for Risk Benefit Analysis

    PDF File attached at https://www.regulations.gov/contentStreamer?documentId=EPA-HQ-OPP-2017-0756-0034&attachmentNumber=1&contentType=pdf

    John W Norris III MD FACP
    508 Southard Street, Suite 103
    Key West, Florida 33040 USA

  2. https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2017-0756-0782 Soutce

    Concern related to data in this request for release of OX513a continues to grow:

    1. Cayman island emails suggest estimates of Aedes aegypti suppression are significantly not accurate and possibly greater than 50% over stated in the submission. Cayman Island scientific personnel requested previous results be recalculated by an undisclosed formula for previous reported releases such as Brazil and Panama. Trust in the Oxitec data submitted should be interpreted after review of emails made available by the Cayman Island government at http://ministryofhealth.gov.ky/sites/default/files/Communication_between_MRCU_staff.pdf.

    2. OX513a mosquitoes are tetracycline dependent for growth only when the healthy mosquito is provided tetracycline in high enough dose to be absorbed into every cell. The amount absorb is significant enough to suppress a genetic lethal gene. The fact there is a mold issue in production suggests a hygiene issue greater than expected. Image of Cayman Island Government released email attached.

    This conflicts directly with World Health Organization’s stated policy: ‘Not use antibiotics for growth promotion or to prevent diseases in healthy animals’. Located at: http://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/antibiotic-resistance

    Are we pouring gasoline on one public health threat to address another? We need data we can trust with confidence and data on propagation of antibiotic resistance with the tetracycline based technology. Risk benefit analysis requires accurate data. Without that, this application for release is premature.

    Respectfully submitted,

    John W Norris III MD FACP
    508 Southard Street, Suite 103
    Key West, Florida 33040 USA

  3. ”In 2016 President Putin banned Gates and his company Microsoft from Russia, citing security and privacy fears. Though dismissed as “paranoid” and “weird” by Western media at the time, WikiLeaks revelations in 2017 regarding collusion between the CIA, Microsoft and Silicon Valley tech companies have proved Putin was one step ahead of
    the game. In 2015 Bill Gates teamed up with Hollywood star Ben Affleck to request more money and freedom for the Gates Foundation to perform experiments in the Congo and other developing nations.Since then, Gates has continued rolling out his biological and vaccination experiments around the developing world. But the world is slowly waking up to Gates’s agenda. India has shut down the Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation’s operations and kicked its management out of the country after grave concerns were raised about the foundation’s no-consent vaccination experiments on village girls.Devastating health effects affecting 30,000 village girls led the Indian government to sue Bill Gates, a case that is still ongoing. But it was far from the first time Gates was exposed.

    In 2010, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded Australian research scientists to release GMO mosquitoes infected with a
    bacterium.That same year, Bill Gates confessed he wanted to depopulate the world – a key Illuminati goal.“The world today has 6.8 billion people; that’s headed up to about 9 billion,” he said during the invitation-only 2010 TED Conference. “Now if we do a really great job on new vaccines, healthcare, reproductive health services, we lower that
    by perhaps 10 or 15 percent. ”Now those bacterium-infected GMO mosquitoes created by Bill Gates in 2010 are causing havoc in the Americas – with the whole globe at risk, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO is now convening an Emergency Committee under International Health Regulations concerning the ‘explosive’ spread of the Zika virus throughout the Americas.

    • The Supreme Courts of India are currently conducting an extensive investigation into the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s devious actions abroad, which mainly involve testing deadly vaccines on poor, and oftentimes illiterate, children in developing nations without informed consent. According to Health Impact News, the case focuses specifically on illicit human experimentation that occurred with the two available vaccines for HPV, Cervarix (GlaxoSmithKline) and Gardasil (Merck & Co.).

      Back in 2009, the Gates Foundation quietly funded trials of Gardasil on some 16,000 tribal school children living in Andhra Pradesh, India. According to a report published in Economic Times India back in August, many of the children fell violently ill not long after receiving the vaccine, and at least five of them died.

      In a separate trial of Cervarix that took place around this same time, also funded by the Gates Foundation, an estimated 14,000 tribal children in Vadodara, Gujarat, were vaccinated for HPV. The result of this trial was two children deadand possibly hundreds of others severely injured. In both trials, many of the consent forms used were obviously forged, and many of the children’s illiterate parents were coerced into signing consent forms with their thumbprints, not really know what they were doing.

      A petition condemning these atrocious crimes against humanity notes that the Gates Foundation, as well as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), both of which supported the trials, were “criminally negligent” for testing deadly vaccines on “a vulnerable, uneducated and under-informed population [of]school administrators, students and their parents who were not provided informed consent or advised of potential adverse effects.”

      • It wasn’t until a non-governmental organization known as SAMA began investigating the two trials that these Nazi-like experiments on human
        beings were finally brought to light. But none of the controlled media in the U.S., or anywhere else in the West for that matter, agreed to cover it. The only country that took notice was India, which is now seeking justice against Gates.

        Gates Foundation also responsible for using and harming kids with untested meningitis, polio and 5-in-1 pentavalent vaccines

        And again in 2013, both the Gates Foundation and GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, were exposed for forcing untested polio vaccines and 5-in-1 pentavalent vaccines on innocent children in Pakistan. Many of the children developed so-called “non-polio acute flaccid paralysis,” or NPAFP, which reports indicate is twice as deadly as polio itself.

        January 12, 2012, marked a significant milestone for India as it was the first anniversary of the last reported wild polio case from India.

        The two doctors noted that it was long known to the scientific community that eradication of polio was impossible because scientists had
        synthesized poliovirus in a test-tube as early as in 2002. “The sequenceof its genome is known and modern biotechnology allows it to be resurrected at any time in the lab,” they said and added, “Man can thus never let down his guard against poliovirus.”

        Dr Vashisht and Dr Puliyel said that another major ethical issue raised by the campaign is the failure to thoroughly investigate the increase in the incidence of non-polio acute flaccid paralysis (NPAFP) in areas where many doses of vaccine were used. NPAFP is clinically indistinguishable from polio paralysis but twice as deadly.

        The authors noted that while Indiawas polio-free in 2011, in the same year, there were 47500 cases of NPAFP. While data from India’s National Polio Surveillance Project showed NPAFP rate increased in proportion to the number of polio vaccine doses received, independent studies showed that children identified with NPAFP “were at more than twice the risk of dying than those with wild polio infection.”

        According to their report, nationally, the NPAFP rate is now twelve times higher than expected. In the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar — which have pulse polio rounds nearly every month–the NPAFP rate is 25 and 35 fold higher than the international norms.

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