Too Bad Zantac Bites the Dust By Mrs Vera West

     I used to swallow down a tablet of Zantac, 150 mgs of Ranitidine, when heartburn struck, until I read this:
  https://www.9news.com.au/health/medical-news-heartburn-drug-zantac-pulled-from-shelves-over-cancer-concern/89a1e116-faf4-423c-b1e0-217265f2426e

“A popular heartburn drug has been withdrawn from sale after it was found to carry a cancer-causing substance. Zantac – sold over the counter - is among eight types of the heartburn drug ranitidine that have been recalled from pharmacies, supermarkets, online stores and other retail outlets. The products were contaminated with an impurity called N nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). As well as heartburn, the ranitidine products can be used to treat stomach acid, reflux and ulcers. The move came after concerns long-term exposure to NDMA was found to increase a person's chances of developing cancer. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is advising people to consider alternative medicines.’

Continue reading

How Much Plastic Would You Like With Your Tea? By David Smith

     A soothing cup of hot tea may be just what your body needs to boost phytochemicals and other nutrients. But did you know you may also be drinking 11.6 billion microplastic pieces and 3.1 billion nanoplastics with every cup of tea? Researchers from McGill University recently published the results of a study4 in which they analyzed plastic pollution released from tea bags. They questioned whether plastic tea bags were releasing microplastics or nanoplastics after being submerged in hot water during the brewing process.5 They used four commercial products packaged in plastic tea bags. The tea leaves were removed to ensure any plastic particles in the tea did not contaminate the analysis of the tea bags. The empty bags were then placed in hot water to simulate the brewing process. The water was evaluated using an electron microscope, in which the team found a single bag released billions of particles. The researchers report this contamination is at a level thousands of times greater than has been reported with other foods and beverages. In addition to analyzing the amount of plastic released, the team also sought to determine the effect the particles may have on small aquatic organisms. Using water fleas, which are commonly used to model organisms in environmental studies, the researchers found that when treated with the microparticles and nanoparticles from the tea bags, the organisms survived but demonstrated anatomical and behavioral abnormalities.

     Heres some lighter refreshments;- ie student bloopers

Continue reading

Venezuelan is Showing the Way on Medical Advancements! By Michael Ferguson

     Look, we will be in the same situation soon. Have you tried to see a doctor, only to find them all booked up, and when you do get in, they dismiss your pains, those pins and needles sensations in your toes, write a prescription for some proton potion and send you out to hustle in then, the next billable patient? Well over in Venezuela, some people think that they have the answer to this problem:
  https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7549571/Venezuelans-turn-shamans-spiritual-healers-treatment-amid-shortage-critical-medicine.html

“A chronic medicine shortage in Venezuela is seeing more people turn to alternative medicine for treatment. It is a move that could put thousands of chronically-ill people in the crisis-wracked South American nation at risk of dying. However, with Venezuela's chronic medicine shortages and hyperinflation there seems to be little choice for those desperately in need of treatment. Humanitarian aid in recent months has led to a small improvement in the availability of medical supplies - but those working in the sector say shortages continue to plague the health-care system. The country's pharmacists' federation say pharmacies and hospitals have on average only about 20 per cent of the medicine stock needed. And as a result Venezuela's opposition parties say some 300,000 chronically ill people are in danger of dying from the shortages of medicines. All across Venezuela, but particularly in poor areas like Petare, patients cannot hope to afford the price of medicines that due to the economic crisis, have become exceedingly rare and expensive. And so they are looking to alternatives for treatment.”

Continue reading

Too Embarrassed to Pee? Well, Embrace the Diversity (and That’s Poetry!) By Mrs Vera West

     It seems that all social advances, such as transgender toilets, which is the modern West’s counter to Russian and Chinese advancement in boring things like missile and space technology, have a price, which must be met, in the name of diversity:
  https://www.rt.com/uk/470350-unisex-toilets-primary-school/

“Parents of students of a London primary school are complaining that it has introduced gender-neutral toilets without warning and now some girls are too embarrassed to use the facilities, which may potentially harm their health. The Deanesfield Primary School in western London teaches children aged 4-11. When the summer break ended in September, parents of pupils were surprised to find that toilets at the school are now unisex. Some parents complained that their girls would rather endure a full bladder than use a facility they share with boys. “Girls are being forced to hold themselves until they get home which could damage kidneys. My friend's daughter has been holding herself all day because she’s so embarrassed. It’s not fair on the kids really,” one parent told MyLondon news website. The situation is made more difficult by the flawed design of the toilet cubicles, which don’t have floor-to-ceiling walls. This makes peeking quite easy, and indeed, parents say, there have been cases of boys looking over the tops at girls on the toilet. Mail on Sunday says the situation at Deanesfield is far from being an isolated incident. Both primary and secondary schools in the UK are being pressured by advocates of transgender rights to switch to unisex toilets. This can cause all kind of harm to girls uncomfortable with the arrangement, who may skip school, risk dehydration and take other actions to avoid the embarrassment. Stephanie Davies-Arai, from the parent campaign group Transgender Trend, told the Mail some activists trick schools into making the switch by falsely claiming that it was demanded by equality laws.”

Continue reading

7.6 Million Babies Aborted and Counting By Mrs Vera West

     Planned Parenthood has hit 7.6 million abortions since 1973 and looks like upping production, with an exciting new factory:
  https://californiafamily.org/2018/planned-parenthood-killed-321384-babies-last-year-bringing-total-killed-to-over-7-6-million/?fbclid=IwAR0HE7b-vP47DiEZVg-N_tqRMTawiWNOeOkkNRgyO7nrRBkf8mMqKs8Cjps

“Planned Parenthood has killed over 7.6 million babies since it legally began performing abortions in 1973 following the Roe v. Wade decision. That’s a catastrophic number. It’s easy to read 7.6 million and shrug it off. That’s more than two times the population of Los Angeles. That’s 7,600,000 humans that were never given a chance at life because of Planned Parenthood. 7,600,000 babies that never had the opportunity to celebrate a birthday. And that’s not even taking into account the number of babies aborted by Planned Parenthood illegally, before the Roe v. Wade decision was handed was decided by the United States Supreme Court. Planned Parenthood is by far the nation’s largest abortion provider. Over the holidays, they conveniently and quietly published their annual report for 2016-2017. Last year, Planned Parenthood published their annual report months late – in May! An analysis of the 2016-2017 report along with Planned Parenthood’s previous reports shows that Planned Parenthood is responsible for the deaths of over 7.6 million human babies. We know the Planned Parenthood number is likely low, in fact, pro life journalists with the Media Research Center estimated in 2016 that Planned Parenthood had killed upwards of 7.5 million babies. In the 2016-2017 fiscal year detailed in the report, Planned Parenthood performed 321,384 abortions. Last annual report (2015-2016), Planned Parenthood performed 328,348 abortions. The year before that (2014-2015) Planned performed 323,999 abortions.

Continue reading

The Raw and the Cooked By Mrs Vera West

     The title is from a book which I have never read, but was popular with structuralists and other trendies in the 1960s, The Raw and the Cooked (1964), by French anthropologist Claude Levi Strauss. The idea was that social understanding could proceed in terms of binary opposites. Yes, I an asleep already. However, there is a more important sense of the raw and the cooked which relates to gut bacteria and gut health, which is far more important that intellectual nonsense: 
  https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/326527.php?fbclid=IwAR1-aZQ30BRIFD50iDjwxJKe21vlHlxl6_2ovvK5pHynC0Oo2LqRgdd9AWI

“Because cooking involves exposing food to heat, it tends to change the various foods' physical and chemical properties. But do these alterations change the delicate microbial environment of the gut? That is the question that researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, Harvard University, in Cambridge, MA, and other institutions recently set out to answer. "Our lab and others have studied how different kinds of diet, such as vegetarian versus meat-based diets, impact the microbiome," says the senior author of the new study, Peter Turnbaugh, Ph.D., an associate professor at the University of California, San Francisco. In the new study — the findings of which appear in Nature Microbiology — the researchers started by looking at how different types of cooked and raw food might affect the gut microbiota of mice. To do so, they fed mice a diet of either raw or cooked beef or raw or cooked sweet potato. The team used these foods, in particular, because previous studies had shown that cooking alters their nutritional components and because both commonly feature in human diets. First, the researchers found, surprisingly, that raw meat and cooked meat did not affect the mice's gut microbiota in obviously different ways. However, there were clear differences between how raw and cooked sweet potatoes affected the gut environment in rodents. Mice on a raw potato diet had poorer bacterial diversity in the gut, as well as slightly fewer bacteria, compared with baseline measurements. They also had a higher proportion of Bacteroidetes bacteria, which play a key role in the degradation of glycans, a form of sugar. To confirm these findings, the researchers performed another series of experiments, in which they fed mice not just raw and cooked sweet potatoes, but also white potatoes, beets, carrots, corn, and peas — foods with various degrees of starchiness and digestibility. As before, the researchers found that cooked versus raw potatoes — of both varieties — affected microbial diversity in the gut differently. The same was not true of the other foods.

Continue reading

Immigration and Invasive Species Report By Charles Taylor

     Here in the US police officers are losing their jobs for enforcing immigration law, which goes to show that the cosmopolitan religion of open borders immigration transcends even the rule of law now; it is a fanatical cargo cult, a mass insanity march of Western civilisation to its socio-ecological doom:
  https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-10-04-police-officers-lose-jobs-enforcing-immigration-law.html

“Left-wing socialist Democrats have moved portions of our country – the portions they control – to near-anarchy with destructive policies that include non-enforcement of duly passed laws. The most obvious of these have to do with immigration, or, rather, illegal immigration. Democrats are the authors and backers of so-called “sanctuary city” policies, which forbid local police officers from identifying and helping federal officials remove people who are not in our country legally. So enamored with open borders are today’s Leftist Democrats that they are beginning to punish officers who dare to cooperate with federal immigration agents in removing illegal aliens. As reported by Big League Politics, the police chief of Fairfax County, Va., suspended one of his officers this week for assisting Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents:

Continue reading

Japan is Slowly Dying, Too By Mrs Vera West

     You know things are bad, really bad, rock bottom of the bin bad, when people in a nation simply stop having sex. That is a death wish, materialised, and it is happening in Japan, incredible as it seems:
  https://www.cbsnews.com/news/japan-virgins-the-cautionary-tale-of-a-sex-recession/
  https://www.zerohedge.com/personal-finance/marriage-rates-are-falling-due-shortage-economically-attractive-men-study-finds

“All around the world, young people are having less sex than previous generations. At the forefront of the so-called global "sex recession" is Japan, which has one of the lowest fertility rates on Earth, and it could serve as a cautionary tale for the U.S. and other industrialized countries. Shota Suzuki works as a building custodian in Tokyo. After work, he likes to hang out in an area known for anime and manga with his friends. But at 28, Suzuki has never had a romantic relationship, and he's pessimistic that he ever will. "Yes, I'm a virgin," he told CBS News. "I would like to get married, but I can't find a partner." Suzuki is far from a rare case. It's not difficult to find other young adults, like 27-year-old Kakeru Nakamura, who are surprisingly candid about their sexual inexperience. "My parents want me to hurry up and get married," he said. "I tell them I'm too busy." A review of Japan's National Fertility Survey reveals virginity is on the rise; one out of every 10 Japanese men in their 30s is still a virgin. That puts Japan's virginity rate well ahead of that of other industrialized nations. "A large proportion of these individuals cannot find a partner in the market," Peter Ueda, a public health researcher at Tokyo University, told CBS News. He's sounding the alarm about Japan's surging virginity rate, which he notes is, "actually the highest ever recorded in a high-income country."

Continue reading

Back Pain and the Opioid Epidemic By Mrs Vera West

     Hands up who has back pain … no, don’t that will hurt your back even more! Anyway, it seems that the opioid epidemic comes from people being in pain, especially back pain:
  https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2019/09/10/opioid-pain-treatment.aspx?utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1ReadMore&utm_campaign=20190910Z1&et_cid=DM341239&et_rid=704946082

“The inappropriate treatment approach to back pain is a driving force behind the opioid epidemic, Dave Chase, co-founder of Health Rosetta, reports, citing the 2018 JAMA Network Open paper, “Opioid Prescribing for Low Back Pain: What Is the Role of Payers?” One of the reasons for this is the sheer prevalence of back pain. Statistics suggest 8 in 10 American adults will be affected by it at some point in their life. “It’s also a microcosm of all the things that are wrong with the U.S. health care system, including its contribution to the opioid crisis,” Chase writes. “Lower back pain puts people in desperate and vulnerable positions, and it puts doctors under pressure to Do Something Now. From such a confluence arise many poor and potentially devastating treatments and choices. Among the worst is doctors’ decisions to write opioid prescriptions as a treatment for lower back pain and their patients taking these drugs. Lower back pain is one of the most common reasons for an opioid prescription, but here’s the kicker: There’s no evidence that opioids are effective at treating this problem.”

Continue reading

The Attack of the 5 G Drones By Brian Simpson

     I saw the terrible Spider-man movie Far from Home, which basically had an evil guy use drone technology, based in space, to shoot up places. Now it seems the same idea is being used in reality, so it is your fault, Spidey, and you deserved to have your secret identity exposed at the end of the movie, which introduces the “Secret War” theme, just to spoil the movie:
  https://www.wakingtimes.com/2019/08/22/giant-5g-drones-are-being-planned-for-the-skies-over-hawaii-then-the-world/

“Massive football field sized drones flying in the stratosphere, beaming down toxic 5G radiation into the earth, into the ocean, into our homes, into our bodies. Sounds like something out of a science fiction nightmare. But if the sponsors of the HAWK30 program, tech giant SoftBank of Japan, defense contractor AeroVironment of California and Alphabet, the parent company of Google, have their way that nightmare will become a reality this fall for some Hawai’i residents and eventually for much of the world’s population. The HAWK30 program, proposed by the Research Corporation of the University of Hawai’i(RCUH), wants to use the Hawaiian island of Lana’i in Maui county as a launch pad for unmanned drones, HAPS (high altitude platform stations) flying at 65,000 to 80,000 feet carrying wireless communications relays and transmitting 5G signals into air, land and sea in a three-phase program. In the final phase of the surreal plan, tiny Lana’i island becomes a drone manufacturing plant, launch pad and mission control center to fly massive drones throughout the equatorial belt.”

Continue reading

Porn Emergency! By Mrs Vera West

     Here is an article that goes with the critique of technology theme developing on the blog this week; an epidemic of porn resulting in a health crisis, all given to us by smart phones:
  https://dfw.cbslocal.com/2019/09/25/smart-phones-computers-generation-porn-addicts-public-health-emergency/?utm_source=amerika.org

“A young North Texas man shared his story with the CBS 11 I-Team out about his pornography addiction. Gabe Deem says he was first exposed to porn when he was 8. “We had cable TV. I would stay up late at night,” says Deem. “Things got really bad at twelve…when my family got high speed internet.” And he says things got even worse with the launch of YouTube in 2005, the iPhone in 2007, the iPad in 2011, and endless other mobile devices that have hit the market over the last two decades. “I was into basketball. I was really social. And I always had a real life girlfriend, but video games, social media and internet porn rewired me.” Deem tells the I-Team his parents had “no clue” what he was doing. “My mom always asked me why I took long showers.” He says it was an addiction that was easy to hide and progressed as he got older. “I would ride my bike home from school and watch internet porn for sometimes two-to-three hours a day.”

Continue reading

Trump Must be Impeached because He Hates Socialism By Charles Taylor

     Well, the cat, the socialists’ cat is out of the bag. Trump is hated for many things, but now, mostly for attacking socialism. On this one, as a hyper-capitalist himself, I think he is sincere, and the socialist Dumorats are going mad over this:
  https://www.theepochtimes.com/trump-at-the-un-declares-specter-of-socialism-a-serious-threat-to-the-world_3093552.html

“President Donald Trump warned world leaders about the “specter of socialism,” calling it one of the most serious challenges facing the nations. “It’s the wrecker of nations and destroyer of societies,” Trump said on Sept. 24 in his address to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York. “Events in Venezuela remind us all that socialism and communism are not about justice, they are not about equality, they are not about lifting up the poor. And they are certainly not about the good of the nation,” he said. “Socialism and communism are about one thing only: power for the ruling class.” Leaders of countries around the world have gathered this week in New York for the 74th session of the UNGA. In his address, Trump repeated his pledge that the United States would “never be a socialist country.” Trump has repeatedly criticized Democrats for embracing “radical socialism” in the United States. He denounced a wide range of proposals by Democrats, such as open borders, Medicare for All, and the Green New Deal, calling them an “extreme, destructive, and dangerous agenda.”

Continue reading

The Social Construction of Migrant Age By Richard Miller

     Remember all of those stories about the child migrants desperate to get into Europe? Most were, surprise, surprise, lying:
  https://voiceofeurope.com/2019/09/study-nearly-half-of-migrants-claiming-to-be-underage-in-germany-are-adults/

“A study carried out by the Institute of Legal Medicine in Münster has revealed that nearly half of the migrants who claim to be under the age of eighteen are adults. On behalf of courts and youth welfare offices, legal physicians from Münster investigated the age of close to 600 so-called ‘unaccompanied minor refugees’ whose age had been in doubt. What the researchers found was shocking. Of the 600 ‘unaccompanied minor’ who were forensically examined by physicians, 40 percent of the young men were adults, Focus Online reports. Most of these men were from Afghanistan, Eritrea, Algeria, and Guinea. The 40 percent figure is more than likely a lowball estimate. If there was any doubt of a migrant’s age after the forensic analysis, the researchers classified them as a minor. Forensic Science Professor and Deputy Director Andreas Schmeling told members of the press: “Since we cannot pinpoint the date of birth for the day, there is a gray area. With this variability, we always judged in favor of the person concerned. Thus, in cases of doubt, he would be classified as a minor.”

Continue reading

Medical Nihilism? By Mrs Vera West

     The book Medical Nihilism (Oxford University Press, 2018) by philosopher of medicine, Jacob Stegenga, is a bit beyond my capacity to review, even to adequately summarise. This highly technical book develops a scientific and mathematical statistical Bayesian critique of modern medicine’s claims to scientificity, attacking the empirical studies, such as metanalyses. While medicine has no problems with simple things, like broken legs, the real issues today are dealing with complex problems, such a depression, heart disease, and the diseases of civilisation, by drugs and chemicals. This is where the numerous difficulties arise, since all drugs have side effects, some that could be worse that the condition treated. Even simple NSAIDS, like ibuprofen, taken over even short periods can raise the risk of heart attacks:
  https://www.bmj.com/company/newsroom/heightened-risk-of-heart-attacks-found-with-common-painkillers-in-routine-use/

“People who use commonly prescribed non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to treat pain and inflammation could be raising their risk of having a heart attack, as early as in the first week of use and especially within the first month of taking high doses of such medication, suggests a study in The BMJ this week. Previous studies suggested that both traditional and COX 2 selective NSAIDs could increase the risk of acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), but the timing of the risk, the effect of dose, treatment duration, and the comparative risks between NSAIDs were poorly understood. An international team of researchers led by Michèle Bally of the University of Montreal Hospital Research Center (CRCHUM), then an epidemiology doctoral student at McGill University in Canada, set out to characterise the risks of heart attack associated with use of oral NSAIDs under real life practice circumstances. For their study, the researchers carried out a systematic review and a meta-analysis of relevant studies from various healthcare databases including those from Canada, Finland and the United Kingdom.

Continue reading

What the Environmentalists Have in Store for us By James Reed

     We need to understand that it is not just the race/immigration issue operating here for our destruction by the elites, but everything, your total standard of living, because the bs pushed now is that the climate challenge is so great that only bacteria are going to survive:
  https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/09/20/watch-jerry-nadler-climate-change-will-reduce-life-to-bacteria/

    Honestly, if things are that bad nothing at all could be done. Totally dismantling the entire global economy and going back to the caves would not be enough. Since the conclusion is absurd, so must be the starting point. But, that does not stop the environmentalists one jot:
  https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2019/09/21/bokhari-elites-want-you-to-eat-bugs-live-in-sewer-pipes-and-submit-to-population-control/

Continue reading

Poop Shame? Meat and Toxic Masculinity By Mrs Vera West

     I am beating my own records today, coming across crazy items of political correctness that keep getting more insane. Women are apparently ashamed to use their bowels in the workplace because of … well … blame men!
  https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/09/18/nolte-new-york-times-blames-womens-workplace-poop-shame-on-men/

“The far-left New York Times required two reporters and around 1200 words to explore the horrors of the shame women feel about defecating on the job. Which can only mean one thing… What we have here is yet another example of the Times confusing the neurotic behavior of she-babies with an oppressive patriarchy. The article opens with these three anecdotes, all of which should be filed under First World Problems of the Emotionally Unstable:

Continue reading

The UFOs are Here Boys! By Brian Simpson

     Boy, do I love UFO stuff, little green men and flying sauces, all stuff from movies I watched in black and white on TV Saturdays! And it seems that the US military are as into this tin foil hat stuff as much I am. But they don’t want to spread the fun around, selfishly keeping all of the good stuff for themselves, until someone lets the cat, or is that alien, out of the bag?
  https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/leaked-ufo-tapes-are-real-and-should-never-have-been-released

     Look, even the science new sites are getting their test tubes into this one:
  https://www.livescience.com/navy-ufo-videos-authentic-classified.html?utm_source=ls-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20190918-ls

Continue reading

The Flashing Lights of Alzheimer’s By Uncle Len, Who Sees Stars

     This article may be of interest to someone … no, me, and other sufferers of Alzheimer’s, or old-timer’s disease. You see it has something to do with light helping, but I can’t remember what:
  https://antiagingscience.news/2019-09-09-flashing-lights-and-pink-noise-may-prevent-alzheimers.html

“Researchers believe they have found a potential treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. Animal tests show that exposing mice to light flashes and sound pulses at the frequency of 40 hertz can reverse some of the symptoms of the neurodegenerative disease. Alzheimer’s disease continues to defy any attempt at treating it. Several pharmaceutical drugs help regulate a few of its cognitive symptoms, but they prove unable to halt or slow down the progression of the disease. Not one newly developed drug has achieved success in clinical trials. As a result, researchers are now studying non-pharmaceutical approaches. To test potential treatments, researchers created genetically altered mice models that exhibit symptoms similar to Alzheimer’s. Some produced tau protein tangles in their brains while others developed amyloid-beta plaques. Both formations are associated with the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. In addition to those hallmarks, the mice also exhibited a third symptom. Their brains generated gamma waves that oscillated between 30 and 100 times per second. 

Continue reading

UK Decay: Drugs for All By Richard Miller

     Living, if that is the word, in the UK, is like knowing that one has an incurable disease that will kill you, and you fill in your time, watching bits and pieces of your former healthy body fall of, or rot. Thus, while the conservatives are bad, the insane Labour Party is determined to push the boundaries of reality, with but one policy being legalising all drugs:
  https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/labour-legalising-drugs-cannabis-heroin-cocaine-diane-abbott-david-lammy-a9106591.html

“A Labour government could reportedly consider legalising all drugs if it was recommended by royal commission. “There is nothing more important than preserving the life of our citizens," Diane Abbott, the shadow home secretary, told The Sunday Times. "Our current approach to drugs is simply not doing that." She said the party would "establish a royal commission to review independently all drugs legislation and policy to address related issues of public health." Labour would then follow its recommendations, if it suggested decriminalising some or all drugs including cocaine or heroin. Overdose prevention clinics - state run facilities where users could safely inject themselves - would also be considered, Ms Abbott told the newspaper. Data compiled by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Policy, showed that 8 per cent of young adults admitted to smoking cannabis over the last year in a 2017 study, while the number rose to 12.3 per cent in the UK. Meanwhile at 0.4 per cent, the Iberian country has a lower rate of high-risk opioid use among the population than the UK, where 0.8 per cent of people are affected. Labour MP David Lammy said he was pleased to see his party "commit to an evidence based approach on drug reform”. He added: “The war on drugs is funding gangs, fuelling crime, giving children easy access on social media and disproportionately criminalising working class young men.” 

Continue reading

Look! Up in the Sky! It’s not a Bird! It’s Not a Plane! It is Super Mozzie! By Brian Simpson

     Who knows what crazy stuff is going on in genetic engineering labs, least of all the mad Dr Frankenstein scientists who lurk in their damp and dark corridors?
  https://www.zerohedge.com/health/brazil-experiment-may-have-accidentally-created-genetically-modified-super-mosquitos
  https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-49660-6

“In an attempt to control the mosquito-borne diseases yellow fever, dengue, chikungunya, and Zika fevers, a strain of transgenically modified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes containing a dominant lethal gene has been developed by a commercial company, Oxitec Ltd. If lethality is complete, releasing this strain should only reduce population size and not affect the genetics of the target populations. Approximately 450 thousand males of this strain were released each week for 27 months in Jacobina, Bahia, Brazil. We genotyped the release strain and the target Jacobina population before releases began for >21,000 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). Genetic sampling from the target population six, 12, and 27–30 months after releases commenced provides clear evidence that portions of the transgenic strain genome have been incorporated into the target population. Evidently, rare viable hybrid offspring between the release strain and the Jacobina population are sufficiently robust to be able to reproduce in nature. The release strain was developed using a strain originally from Cuba, then outcrossed to a Mexican population. Thus, Jacobina Ae. aegypti are now a mix of three populations. It is unclear how this may affect disease transmission or affect other efforts to control these dangerous vectors. These results highlight the importance of having in place a genetic monitoring program during such releases to detect un-anticipated outcomes.”

Continue reading