Oxitec Set Us Up!

In early January, the situation was getting serious. What we wanted least to happen and had warned about was taking place: civilization was being destabilized by a mosquito-borne virus. In February of 2014, before the Zika outbreak, Abreu Report warned that releasing genetically-modified mosquitoes would lead to the spread of a virus for which the population of Brazil was completely unprepared and which would wreak havoc on an international scale.

When it became apparent that our prediction had come to fruition, we published another article on the 23rd of January, further clarifying which company was behind the spread of the transgenic mosquitoes which we had previously calculated would precipitate a global calamity of unforeseen proportions.

Abreu Report has not peddled a "conspiracy theory," we have merely clarified a prediction we made in 2014; involving Oxitec releasing mosquitoes without conducting studies into the long-term effects on human health and the environment. Faced with the terrifying fact that they had been outed, an Oxitec shill then ripped off our article on the 25th of January in a Reddit post, even taking our Jurassic Park quote about "life finding a way." 

That Reddit post, as opposed to our article two days earlier or our article two years ago, have become the strawman which the mainstream media has used to suppress the truth.

Now that the truth has been laid bare, The Guardian needs to defend one of its homegrown corporate terrorist groups: Oxitec. Just yesterday, The Guardian wrote:

"It’s ironic then that a conspiracy theory about a real virus - the Zika epidemic currently affecting Brazil - is currently exhibiting just such break-out behaviour. The first outing I can find came via an obscure post on Reddit on 25 January. The location should have rung warning bells: it was in a sub-Reddit category titled “conspiracies”, sandwiched between 9/11 truther rants, and was written anonymously under the giveaway pseudonym 'redditsucksatbanning.'"

It is quite shameful that The Guardian would resort to such petty tactics, completely neglecting a prediction that came to pass and peddling it as something that came out of the mind of "an obscure" Redditor. Although this may appear to be mere poor research on the part of the mainstream media, the fact is that an Abreu Report editor could confess to murdering an important politician on this website and the mainstream media will likely choose to ignore it.

They want to make this look like a conspiracy theory. They don't want people to know that it was predicted. They don't want people to know that the person who predicted it was captain of his high school biology team, has a Yale degree, and quoted actual scientific studies as opposed to a random map. They're afraid of linking to Wikileaks researchers. 

The Guardian itself admits that the "population of disease-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquitoes crashed by more than 90%" during an Oxitec trial, but does not even bother to ask what happened to the 10% that survived. Do they merely stay within a few hundred meters from where they were released at post-population-crash levels?

Of course not! The population quickly bounces back and spreads and the gene insertion becomes a hallmark of the entire population. 

Now Oxitec has another modified mosquito ready to take down Zika, and the nearby mosquito population will most likely crash to 10% again, but then that population will bounce back with two artificial genetic insertions and the infinite probabilities for increased disease-transmission that it brings. 

By the time Oxitec is ready to release the next gene to tackle the next virus outbreak, the great-great-great-great-great grandson of a transgenic mosquito -- the one in a million mosquito that managed to reproduce -- will be spreading viruses in unpredictable ways. 

Did Oxitec conduct any studies to determine how a gene insertion might increase a mosquito's ability to spread viruses? Did Oxitec conduct any studies to determine how the few mosquitoes that manage to reproduce affect an entire population's ability to carry diseases?

Oxitec released a monster without conducting any real studies. Oxitec even admits in their own studies that their mosquitoes can reproduce at rates of 15% in the wild. There is 0 denying that many generations have passed since Oxitec first released thousands of genetically modified mosquitoes that were able to reproduce [they released millions of sterile ones.]

There is no denying that the thousands of transgenic mosquitoes released have now passed through many generations, with their artificial gene insertion spreading through a population of millions of mosquitoes.

For a major newspaper on a continent where genetically modified organisms are heavily regulated to preach that poor people on the other side of the world should be at the mercy of a company that could not release in its own country what it is willing to release in a country full of brown people is simply complicity in the reckless endangerment of an entire generation of unborn babies.

Guinea pig citizenry. Imperial War Museums
Oxitec and The Guardian are perpetuating the legacy of using entire populations of unwitting people as "guinea pigs." It was not too long ago that the British were carrying out chemical and biological experiments on their own people. 

It's harder and more expensive to experiment on European citizens, so Oxitec outsourced its experiment to South America, where corrupt officials given briefcases full of cash can't be arsed to research tetracycline, much less pass GMO laws similar to the ones in the European Union. 

Brazil's neighbors didn't vote for transgenic mosquitoes, and for The Guardian to say that Oxitec's mosquitoes have not made their way across borders simply negates the company's own studies, and it simply negates the fact that mosquito eggs can make their way around a continent on the back of a food truck. 

There's a reason why labs in Europe and the United States are researching Zika using samples from previous outbreaks: the Brazilian government has something to hide and doesn't want to share information. Even if researchers wanted to share their samples abroad, they can't. Paulo Gadelha, president of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Brazil's premier state-run research institute for tropical diseases, told CBC: "Even if we wanted to send this material abroad, we can't because it's considered a crime."

A U.S. official, who shared the information on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak publicly, further told CBC that the Centers for Disease Control "was relying on a strain taken from a 2013 outbreak in French Polynesia to perfect its Zika tests."

Before the Brazilian government allows foreigners to genetically sequence the new Zika strain, enough mosquito generations will have passed and Oxitec will have released its next batch of Zika-targeted mosquitoes, diluting the real history of how the first genetic insertion affected the spread of Zika and thus destroying evidence in the greatest biological crime this century has seen.