|A female anopheles stephensi mosquito, a species predominant in Asia that spreads malaria. |
CreditDavid Scharf/Science Source
My Take - This has very real potential, and if you have a heart you must hope this will come into being soon - and work - saving untold millions of lives and preventing hundreds of millions from being sickened. However - let's try and keep this in mind. The greenies will be as much against this as they are DDT because this is a genetically modified organism, to which they are universally and unilaterally opposed. There will some hemming and hawing, but no matter what they may say on the surface - underneath they will hate it. Furthermore, if this works it will not end the DDT argument. We must understand that! Why? Because DDT is foundational to everything the greenies have in way of influence and money. That argument must - and will - always be fought. If it isn't DDT, it's carbamates, organophosphates, neonicotinoids and any other pesticide category on the market. DDT gave them an illegitimate credibility they will never abandon. We must not abandon our support for DDT even if it's no longer necessary to save lives, otherwise they win an argument that will resonate in other environmental arenas. They lied and people died - that's the real story - that's the story that must be repeated. We must win the battle of emotion as well as the battle of facts in order to win the war to protect humanity against these misanthropes.