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Sure, what could go wrong? Wait..., what? No!!!
Debate Score:16
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Should we genetically alter mosquitoes to get rid of malaria?

Sure, what could go wrong?

Side Score: 2

Wait..., what? No!!!

Side Score: 14
1 point

It doesn't matter if, in response, malaria mutates into something deadlier because there are too many people on the planet anyway ;)

Side: Sure, what could go wrong?
1 point

Well, many would say that the mosquito was put on this Earth by "God". HE must have wanted them here. HE must have wanted them to kill half a-million creations a year, so, we would be going against a "God" that WANTS us dead. Confusing isn't it?? I've had two wives, one died ... but not from MY love. Would we be better off taking advice from the words of Galileo: "I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason and intellect has intended us to forego their use." Or, Just stick with his odd version of "love"???

Side: Sure, what could go wrong?
outlaw60(15500) Disputed
1 point

This is a story of triumph and tragedy. The triumph occurred in the middle part of the 20th century, when the larger part of mankind finally succeeded in overcoming the ravages of malaria, the deadly infectious disease that had afflicted the human race since the dawn of time (and which, by one estimate, had killed approximately half the people who had ever lived on earth). But within three decades, the triumph would give way to tragedy when leftist ideologues, professing concern for the integrity of the natural environment, collaborated to ban the use of the pesticide best known by the acronym DDT—the very substance that had made it possible to vanquish malaria from vast portions of the globe. By means of that ban, environmentalists effectively ensured that, over the course of the ensuing 30+ years, more than 50 million people would die needlessly of a disease that was entirely preventable.

Side: Wait..., what? No!!!
2 points

But it also alleviated the rush hour problem, so there's that ;)

Side: Wait..., what? No!!!
Shawry_99(5) Clarified
1 point

why is it thanks to 'lefties' the removal of pesticides was to make sure it's not ingested by humans. just because people want safer to eat organic food doesn't make them 'lefties' just because you want better health in this case a very personal concern 'right wing'. I don't know much about mosquitos and malaria but I know its not caused by 'lefties' and actually this argument is not that political at all.

Side: Sure, what could go wrong?
1 point

If you have the ability to change the DNA of vast regions of mosquitos then why wouldn't you just use that ability to get rid of them completely instead?

Side: Wait..., what? No!!!
1 point

Because they are part of the food chain ;)

Come to think of it, I wonder what role malaria plays in the ecosystem.

Side: Wait..., what? No!!!
1 point

All mosquitos don't cause malaria.

The things go much more complex than "LET'S KILL THEM!".

As to the specific question you raised, I'd recommend you learn a bit about the specific species of mosquitos, a part of which causes malaria.

Side: Wait..., what? No!!!