Monday, October 17, 2005

Oh, thank goodness for the wonders of technology – Part 1

From the Guardian on Monday, October 10 comes this headline:

‘Glowing Mosquito Testicles Offer Hope’

Well, certainly. I mean, what else could glowing mosquito testicles possibly offer?

In this case, it seems that the mosquitoes have been genetically modified with fluorescent testicles in order to sort the males from the females. The males can then be sterilized and released into the wild to help combat malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases. According to Andrea Crisanti, leader of the Imperial College study, ‘the insects are ready for testing in the wild.’

(See that 'sterilized' part? Evidently, they glow so they can be cut off.)

Heavens. The only thing worse than an annoying bug that bites you at night is an annoying bug that bites you at night and keeps you awake with the glowing light of its fluorescent testicles.

(You’ll notice that I have conveniently avoided the entire issue of how exactly you find the testicles on a mosquito. And who ever thought to look for them in the first place?)


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