Hideous mosquito exhibit from Deyata Kirula exhibition
I have discussed mosquito genocide before, and why I, an avid humanist, support it. Now it appears that we have some progress. Scientists have successfully released genetically engineered mosquitoes into a population and sabotaged it to the point that a lot of them have died (New Scientist). These modified (male) mosquitoes carry genes that kill their offspring before adulthood. These males, however, mate and produce offspring that consume resources until death, resulting in a net decline in the dengue bearing scourge.
The trick with these things is that mosquitoes have a short breeding cycle and adapt rapidly. ie, evolution is already working on a way to get around these Manchurian Mosquitoes to continue the viability of the species. The viability of the human species, however, depends on reducing the amount of mosquitoes, especially around Dehiwala. Turning over coconut shells will only help so much, especially when these periodic floods turn everything into a swamp. At some point, genetically engineered genocide may be in order.