An Ecological Perspective On Modification Of Mosquitoes

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An Ecological Perspective on Modification of Mosquitoes A winged creature flies over Paul as soon as it detects his presence. The creature then crawls all over Paul by using its six legs. It then inserts its proboscis, appendage with precision of a hypodermic needle, into his body; scrutinizing the tissue for the optimal blood vessel. The creature discharges small quantity of saliva along with an anticoagulant substance to soften the surrounding tissue (Yong). Presence of the foreign substances initiate a robust defense mechanism response, which includes the release of histamine. The histamine causes the infected area to swell, making it easier for the immune system to fight against the foreign substance (Shim). His arm suddenly becomes itchy due to his body’s systemic response. Paul, vigorously scratching his arm for instant relief, senses an external stimuli caused by rigorous propulsion of wings. The delightful creature happens to be nothing more than a mosquito. Fortunately, Paul lives in an area where the probability of contracting a mosquito-borne illness, disease carried by organism, is relatively low. So the consequences of a mosquito bite is usually nothing more than a nuisance. However, many underdeveloped countries continue to struggle from the presence of mosquito-borne diseases caused by mosquitoes. Multitude of methods have been invented to combat mosquitoes, but not all those methods produce ideal results. Few methods involve either localized eradication, or
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