Rooting for Death

In these times of death and destruction, one report particular report cheered me up no end. This was one annihilation that I have been waiting for decades – if this comes to pass, not only I, the world shall dance for joy. I doubt if there is a single supporter of this creature in the entire planet. Some may argue for their necessity in maintaining the ecological balance, the food chain but from the heart?

Nah, I don’t think so.

Who could it be you wonder? Or did you guess already? Here are some facts that may help you identify the universally detested creature.

Considered to be the deadliest creature on the planet, they’ve been around since the Jurassic period making them about 210 million years species. They killed Alexander the Great in 323 BC and since then, they have killed more people world over than all wars combined.

If you haven’t guessed, I am talking about the mosquito. Unbelievable as that sounds, mosquito borne diseases like malaria (the major killer mosquito borne disease) dengue, yellow fever, Chikungunya, West Nile virus, filariasis, Zika virus and other arboviruses, kill about 725,000 people a year while 200 million people suffer the consequences of their deadly bite every single day.

It is no wonder that when I chanced upon the article which declared – Mosquito-Borne Diseases Could Be Wiped Out For Good With Gene-Editing – I couldn’t quite bite back my shout of joy and insane delight. I hopped over here post haste to share this amazing news 🙂

I won’t go into the details which is too complicated but in brief, scientists have reported success in disrupting the ‘fertility’ gene at multiple sites as a way to interrupting mosquito proliferation. Not all 3,500 species perhaps, just the deadly ones. Particularly the females, because they are the ones who bite and one can lay up to 300 eggs in one batch. And lay up to three batches in her life time. Whoa that’s a whole lot of mosquitoes!

Just the thought makes me break out in a rash. Three cheers to the scientists who are working relentlessly to destroy these dangerous creatures. However on a cautionary note, mosquitoes are tricky creatures as are the malaria parasites who are experts at dodging the man-made missiles that are thrown their way. Perhaps we need to root for the success of the malaria vaccine as well. It is ready to undergo field testing in Africa next year.

Here’s to winning this battle and soon.

This is my submission for the monthly We Are the World Blogfest which seeks to promote positive news.

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Thank you for reading and have a super weekend.