Disclaimer: I am forwarding this report for the additional information it
provides on gene transfers and where the GMOsquitoes went awry. It fills
in some gaps in the previous discussions we've been having. I do not
endorse some of the political conclusions the author makes. particularly
those regarding involuntary sterilization and population reduction as a
motive for biowarfare and Zika, nor his rather smarmy comments.
Additionally, I do not endorse the overall rightwing politics of
the Rense.com website.
That said, there is lots of good information to be gleaned here, but
it has to be checked carefully.
With that in mind, I ask the scientists
receiving this report to please write back to me with comments on the
scientific claims stated herein. Need your feedback.
CDC-Oxford ‘Death Gene’ Is
Key To The Brazilian Babies Riddle
By Yoichi Shimatsu
The mobilization of 500,000 soldiers and public-health workers to spray
pesticides across Brazil is effectively terminating a controversial
British-American biotechnology project that has released millions of
gene-engineered mosquitoes in a backfired experiment to combat the dengue
fever virus (DENV). The Oxitec gene-manipulation technique called RIDL
(Release of Insects carrying a Dominant Lethal) is widely suspected of
spreading a new virulent strain of ZIKA virus, and the Brazilian outbreak
in turn raises fears of a link to microcephaly or reduced brain size in
human embryos. (Oxitec is a corporate spinoff of Oxford University, even
though most of its researchers are with less prestigious British schools
or from the United States.)
First of all, this essay explains how the recent cases of Brazilian
microcephaly were not caused by ZIKA but are instead a “side effect” of
the RIDL gene-transfer. The so-called Death Gene blockage, using the GATA
binding protein, can affect the same gene in human embryos as in the
targeted mosquito pupae. The OX513-A captive mosquito program releases
protein-carrier male mosquitoes to mate with the wild local female
mosquitoes. The lethal protein enters the eggs to disrupt embyonic
growth, causing the offspring to self-destruct (auto-side) before they
reach adulthood. However, these same mother mosquitoes can then transfer
the dangerous protein into women, thereby seriously harming human
embryonic development of the brain, nerves, heart and testicles. Damage
to the GATA-1 protein in human embryos is associated with Down Syndrome,
a brain disorder similar to Brazilian microcephaly. (While there are many
other causes of microcephaly, the new Brazil type is extraordinarily
Second, as many critics of the Oxitec program have suggested, the captive
mosquito population is “leaky”, with a survival rate of between 0.5 and 5
percent. In theory, the dengue virus (and the similar arbovirus ZIKA)
should not be capable of replicating in the RIDL protein-tainted saliva
of the wild female mosquitoes. In the field, however, humans inside the
OX513-A test area continue to be infected with mosquito-transmitted ZIKA
virus. As the lethal acronym suggests, the Oxitec method is riddled with
flaws. These disturbing issues raise the possibility of the existence of
a hidden agenda behind the Oxitec program, that is, to spread an
embryo-death gene in Brazilian women for the purpose of a covert
Third, this article exposes the multiple-tier connections of Oxitec and
it parent company Intrexon with the covert biological-warfare
establishment in Britain and the United States, through its
venture-partner sponsors, including a former director of the CIA and a
top pharmaceutical executive involved with the Pentagon stockpile of
biowar agents. The surnames Woolsey and Kindler should ring alarm bells.
Fourth, the covert agenda of involuntary sterilization of impoverished
women to reduce global population are linked to the Western corporate
drive to control Brazil’s rich deposits of iron ore, gold, and offshore
oil and gas. Geopolitical struggle for resources and influence is a
factor in the ZIKA pandemic, with bounteous Brazil being a member of the
BRICS group of emerging powers, while adjoining countries in Latin
America and the Caribbean belong to the regional ALBA coalition.
The Oxitec-Intrexon sales pitch consists of corporate hype of little
value toward understanding the procedure called RIDL (Release of Insects
carrying a Dominant Lethal). Its boast of 100-percent effectiveness in
wiping out dengue-infected aeges aegypti female mosquitoes is one of its
many deceptive claims. Here is a brief summary of how RIDL works to
destroy pupae of mosquitoes (and also embryos of humans and other
The female aeges aegypti mosquitoes are blood-feeders in contrast to the
shorter-lived males, which subsist on flowers and therefore are sater to
handle and raise. The eggs of males can withstand a higher temperature
than the female eggs, which die off with exposure to heat and are thus
easily separated out.
When the hatched males become pupae, a gene-interfering protein called
tTA is introduced into their bodies. The tTA (tetracycline-controlled
Transcriptional Activation) makes the captive mosquitoes dependent on the
antibiotic tetracycline. Without this antibiotic, the protein becomes
activated and attaches to the GATA-transcription gene in the mosquito’s
DNA, blocking organ maturation and thereby resulting in “auto-cide”.
After growing wings in early adulthood, the tetracycline-dosed
tTA-carrying males are released into the wild in large swarms to mate
with wild local female mosquitoes. The tTA protein is transferred via
mating into the target females. The mother mosquito is not immediately
killed off (as she is not tetracycline dependent). The tTA penetrates her
eggs, which like their father, requires tetracycline to prevent gene
The female mosquito lays her eggs in a watery environment, and these
tetracycline-dependent eggs hatch into pupae. As the pupae grow (while
any tetracycline residue breaks down), the tTA is activated and attaches
to the tetO complex surrounding the GATA gene sections of the mosquito
DNA. The GATA gene sequence reverse-transcribe (encode with mirror effect
to produce) GATA proteins, which provide the “master-plans” for embryonic
development of organs and muscles. A blocked gene creates mangled
proteins, meaning the pupae have no chance of becoming fully formed adult
Mother Mosquito Bites Human
The obvious flaw in the Oxitec method is the fact that the female
mosquito is not killed early on. To provide sustenance to the eggs in its
sac, the mother mosquito feeds on the blood of birds and mammals,
including humans. Oxitec guarantees that the dengue virus cannot
replicate inside the female’s saliva glands, due to the presence of RIDL,
and therefore she represents no threat of infection to humans, other than
an annoying bite. That claim has proven overly optimistic, considering
the many cases of mosquito-derived ZIKA virus infections inside the
The situation becomes more serious when the mosquito bites a pregnant
women, thereby transmitting the lethal gene-blocking protein. In the
early development stage, human embryos are not much different from
mosquito pupae. About 44 percent of genes in the DNA of mammals are
shared with insects, due to common evolutionary ancestral species.
Therefore, RIDL will have a disruptive effect on the GATA sequences in
human DNA. In mammals, seven types of GATA proteins are crucial for
development of embryos into healthy normal children.
Damage to the GATA-1 protein is associated with Down Syndrome, the
diminished skullcap condition similar to the recent cases of microcephaly
in Brazilian infants. Autopsies done on aborted fetuses indicate that the
Brazilian microcephaly are far more severe than Down Syndrome, showing
smoothness of the brain surface with a complete absence of the rills and
wrinkles necessary for cognition and sensory functions. Notice how the
news media are not discussing the severity of the damage. (ZIKA fragments
were found in all microcephaly-affected babies, indicating the
involvement of the Aedes aeqypti mosquito.)
Brain damage more severe than Down Syndrome is due to the tTA effect on
production of the GATA-4 protein. GATA-4 interacts with a co-factor
called FOG-2 (friend of GATA), to promote and manage development of the
embryonic brain, nerves and heartbeat. The physical abnormalities caused
by the Oxitec “death gene” on the other five GATA proteins can be
expected to appear as the Brazilian infants grow further.
There is no possibility of remedy for these child victims of
gene-technology abuse, and this medical fact should not just sadden us.
We should all be enraged over how Oxitec and its sponsors in Intexon and
its allied experts at Oxford, CDC and Pirbright Institute failed to
detect the glaringly obvious flaws in the methodology. Oxitec-Intexon
should be liable in law courts for massive damages to the affected
populations. An even more alarming point is that these violations of
gross biomedical malpractice are being covered up by donor foundations,
government ministries, universities and the news media.
Yet the most sinister aspect of this scandal is that the permanent damage
to infants and their mothers may not be an accident at all, but instead
the aim of a deliberate population-reduction strategy focused on the
impoverished black-majority region of a predominantly Catholic country.
Is OX513-A an instrument of planned destruction of a distinct group,
which fits the legal definition of genocide?
Populous Brazil is a country of 205 million inhabitants with an annual
population growth rate of 8.52, predominantly Catholic where abortions
are illegal. The ZIKA epicenter in the northeast is a predominantly black
and poor region. Evidence from previous microcephaly-linked population
reduction events, accompanied by a ZIKA outbreak, as laid out in the
second section of this report below, leans heavily toward the
affirmative, that Brazil is actually the target of biological warfare
with the objective of genocide.
There are other troubling questions related to this catastrophe of gene
- Human clinical studies and animal testing has never been conducted on
the longterm effects of tTA in the bodies of girls and women of
child-bearing age, along with their infants.
- Presumably tTA, which can pass via the tiniest amounts of mosquito
semen and saliva, is readily transferred via human saliva, urine, semen,
blood and other body fluids, making it a highly contagious pathogenic
- Mammals and birds (domesticated and wild) are probably also affected
and could be carriers of tTA, the so-called death gene, opening the
prospect of extinction of entire species.
- Tetracycline is the only means to prevent tTA interference with GATA
genes in humans and animals, yet nobody knows the cumulative risks of
lifelong use of that antibiotic, The known side effects of tetracycline
include vaginal candida
infection, sore throat, diarrhea,
nausea and vomiting and skin
photosensitivity. Pediatricians recommend children not to drink
milk when administered tetracycline.
- The survival rate for female mosquitoes treated with tTA is estimated
between 0.5 percent to 5 percent. That cohort, if feeding on the
tetracycline-rich blood of cattle, pigs, chickens, along with the
naturally occurring antibiotics in swamps, can result in continuing
reproduction of lethal protein-carrier mosquitoes. Moscamed, the
Brazilian partner company of Oxitec, has released tens of millions of
A Simultaneous ZIKA Outbreak
If direct intervention by the
likeliest cause of Brazilian
microphaly, why then is
there a simultaneous ZIKA virus
outbreak affecting women? And what is the combined impact of ZIKA
and GATA malfunction in maternal health and infant care?
Since gene analysis on the Brazilian strain of the ZIKA virus is yet to
be completed, only general assessment can be made at this time. Outbreaks
of avian influenza and ebola are associated with environmental changes
hostile to their “reservoirs” (host species). As in most viral outbreaks,
major environmental or manmade pressure on host organisms (in this case
mosquitoes) would spur ZIKA toward greater virulence and rapid
transmission in humans, resulting in a pandemic.
Nature will find strategies to fight back against shocks, including the
sudden introduction of a so-called “death gene”. The complexity of
biochemistry within a biological community is the downfall of
biotechnology. Genetic engineers and pharmaceutical researchers isolate
proteins and enzymes in their test tubes, while conveniently forgetting
that the holistic system of the body is not a simplistic mechanism. A
cloistered methodology dooms biotech to being Frankenscience, a factory
for monstrous mutants that invariably turn against their creators.
More troubling questions remain: Along what pathway did ZIKA virus, which
is not endemic to the Americas, arrive to Brazil? Why and for what
purpose? And,most urgent of all, is ZIKA being used as a cover for
Section 2: Gene-based Biological Warfare
The first major outbreak of Zika virus occurred in April and May 2007
on Yap island, a part of the Federated States of Micronesia in the South
Pacific. Of the island’s 7,400 residents, antibodies against Zika were
found in 74 percent of the population. No deaths were attributed to ZIKA,
and none of the patients were hospitalized. Long-term nerve damage known
as Guillaine-Barre Syndrome was reported. In the following year, local
health workers reported an increase in cases of microcephaly in newborns,
a claim disputed in other reports.
The Yap outbreak was an extraordinary phenomenon for several reasons.
Over the past 60 years since its discovery by the Rockefeller Institute
in a monkey in the Zika Valley of Uganda, only 14 cases in humans had
been reported. The distance from the coast of East Africa to Yap is
11,000 kilometers, and not a single resident of Yap had ever visited
Africa. A few Filipinos, presumably medical workers, had contact with
Zika virus, but none were reported in Yap.
Yap is an isolated island community making it an ideal “laboratory” for
an illegal human experiment and clinical study. The nearest major island
is Guam, the former headquarters of the U.S. Naval Research Lab 2, which
had since been relocated to Indonesia (where it supplied lab assistants
to the notorious “super-flu” researcher Yoshihiro Kawaoka at University
of Wisconsin). The local health care system is primarily funded with U.S.
Into the Wild Blue Yonder
A dozen-member team of American epidemiology experts flew to Guam and
then Yap during that Zika outbreak. The research observer delegation was
led by a U.S. Air Force colonel, a veterinarian assigned in the previous
year to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as an attache of the U.S.
Health Department’s Epidemic Intelligence Service. His teammates included
a female Air Force medical official with top-security clearance; and
several researcher from the CDC Vector-Based Diseases laboratory at
Colorado State University in Fort Collins. One physician was dispatched
by the Pasteur Institute hospital in Tahiti, and antiterrorism medical
expert in Micronesia completed the roster. (Due to the risks of
international crime and terrorism, their names and positions are not
The tandem appearance of Zika virus and microcephaly in Yap is identical
to the current situation in Brazil. By 2007, several methods to insert
blocking genes or RNA fragments into mosquitoes had already been
developed and field tested. So the question arises: Did the Pentagon
deliberately introduce the Zika virus to Yap or merely respond to a
Could the U.S. military be so cynical as to conduct live-testing of a
virus on an unsuspecting island population? Judging from the repeated
nuclear-weapons tests near inhabited islands in the Marshalls archipelago
from 1946 to 1962, the answer is: The Pentagon has no qualms about using
civilians as guinea pigs for weapons development, and Zika virus was
surely a candidate for the national biowarfare stockpile.
By odd coincidence, on the following year, a researcher from CDC-VBD lab
in Fort Collins contracted ZIKA infection in Senegal and transmitted the
virus to his wife in Colorado through sexual intercourse after his return
home from Africa. Was this researcher, now a senior lab supervisor,
gathering ZIKA samples? And were there others ahead of him prior to the
mysterious outbreak in Yap?
The next outbreaks occurred in 2010 in Cambodia and 2013 in Tahiti and
Bora Bora, French Polynesia, both locations some 8,000 kilometers from
Yap. The presence of Pasteur Institute staffers during the Yap outbreak
could account for the Tahitian outbreak, and travel between Africa and
Southeast Asia was well-established. These probabilities do not exclude
the scenario of more illegal medical tests.
Demographics Affirm Population Control
A decade of demographic data from Yap affirms a plausible scenario
that the relatively mild (as compared with dengue fever) ZIKA was used as
a cover for a planned population-limitation project. Some 66 percent of
the infected Yap islanders were women, and the isolated island’s
population growth has been negligible from 2000 to 2015, expanding by
less than 150 individuals.
By 2007, the deployment of novel gene-blocking strategies was feasible.
Existing methods included RNA inference (RNAi), DNA alteration (gene
drive) and RIDL
What the Yap “experiment” failed to achieve was net population reduction.
If you are in the business of culling the human herd, the challenge is:
Can biotechnology cut the birthrate without overt killing hundreds of
adults, causing a panic that wrecks the local economy, as happened to the
mining sector in Guinea during the ebola outbreak?
Seven years later, with the 2014 outbreak in Brazil, the negative impact
on female reproductive fecundity is apparently more successful than the
experiment in Yap. Brazilian women have reportedly suffered intense
ovulation dysfunction and miscarriages indicative of total destruction of
their eggs in follicles.
Science skeptics and pro-GM stooges are probably asking by now: Is there
any proof that CDC had access to gene-delivery mosquitoes as early as the
ZIKA outbreak in Yap? Quit your yapping, kids, because CDC was already
cooperating to breed more varieties of mosquitoes with Oxitex in 2006.
Named after the Oxitec affiliate 360 Genomics, the OX3604C mosquitoes
were loaded with the RIDL death gene.
By 2008, CDC researchers were conducting field trials of Oxitec-3604C in
Chiapas, Mexico, the heartland of the Zapatista movement in the very same
year that their militant commandantes were declaring support for the
Palestinian struggle. Need we say more?
Pirbright Institute of veterinary science
Enter the RIDLer himself, Luke Alphey, founder of Oxitech from the
Pirbright Institute, and John Mumford at Imperial College, co-leaders of
an international research coalition that in 2008 received a major from
the WHO for “The Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical
Diseases (TDR) Innovative Vector Control Business Line”. The grant was
delivered conveniently in the same year that Alphey sent his death-gene
mosquitoes into the Zapatista stronghold in Chiapas.
Virology Arose from Veterinary Science
In my 8-part article series on ebola and biological warfare, posted
at rense.com, this writer showed how virology emerged out of veterinary
science in the U.S., Britain-Canada and Germany due to the military need
to protect horses for cavalry and cannon transport. Pirbright institute,
located in a military-owned area of Sussex, was a leader in anthrax
studies and porcine flu. The veterinary institute also has a laboratory
in Berkshire near the British military college of science. These overlaps
are just too telltale.
Alphey, who wrote a paper in 2000 advocating a by then well-known
gene-suppression strategy for insect-borne contagious diseases, is one of
the generation of veterinarians and plant biologists that favors
gene-suppression and bioinfomatics as opposed to old-style vaccines or
Gene interference is also different from the splicing (or literally
shooting) of genes into DNA, the infamous methods used by Monsanto. The
newer strategy exploits the natural biological habits of insects,
especially mating, to insert proteins and RNA fragments to block gene
expression of DNA, thereby preventing the creation of proteins, enzymes,
antibodies and other natural agents. Despite reassurances of safety in
using nature’s own biochemistry, gene interference has the potential for
irreversible damage, since gene interference once in place cannot be
Powered with evermore funding from donors including the Gates Foundation
and the UK government’s biotechnology fund, Oxitec was able to woo the
Brazilian government, all the way up to then President Dilma Rousseff,
with sweet talk about the low risks and high rewards of releasing
“sterile male mosquitoes”. The strategy known as SIT (sterile insect
technique) has been greatly improved since the pioneering work in the
1950s of R.C. Bushland and
E.F. Knipling. Despite research advances, Oxitec made a point of not
going public with the risks of its RIDL gene-blocking method. U.S.
federal regulators have rejected Oxitec requests for field tests with
fruit flies due to the lack of risk assessment.
Unimpeded by any doubts on risk assessment, the ZIKA virus took another
magical mystery tour in 2014, “levitating” 10,000 kilometers into Brazil,
which can be plausibly blamed on travelers from Tahiti landing in nearby
Suriname and French Guiana.
As if the combination of ZIKA virus and the Death Gene was not enough of
a career achievement, Luke Alphey visited the USGS center in Hawaii in
2013 to promote mosquito-delivered gene-suppression for bird-borne
malaria. Now that malaria is finally being pushed back by Chinese herbal
medicines, as recognized with a Nobel Prize, why would this aspiring
Professor Moriarty want to experiment on migratory birds in the Pacific?
Is the world’s most populous country just too tempting to pass up? What’s
it all about, Alphey?
The Herd Masters
Investors in and donors to Oxitec include elite globalist supporters
of birth control and depopulation policy:
The British pharmaceutical-funded Wellcome Trust is a major investor in
Oxitec. This medical charity supports the Sanger Institute, whose founder
Margeret Sanger was a pioneering advocate of birth control, eugenics and
reduction of non-WASP races and religious groups. Besides the Oxitec
gene-blocking method, Wellcome also supports development of the wolbachia
bacteria to eliminate mosquitoes. Wellcome Trust chairman Sir William
Castell has served as the CEO of GE Health and BP petroleum.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donated more than 300,000 US
dollars toward the Oxitec mosquito-release trial in the Cayman Islands
and in Brazil. Bill Gates has his detractors in India and other
developing nations for his ardent support of population
Next comes Oxitec’s new parent company, Intrexion, owned by venture cap
partners CIA veteran James Woolsey and former Pfizer CEO Jeff Kindler,
spooky operators who each deserves a bullet (or dash) to
- Jeff Kindler, a board member of the vomit burrito chain Chipolte (owned
by Elon Musk’s brother Kimbal, aka E.Coli). Kindler has cooperated with
Clinton Global Initiatives and sits on the board of SIGA Technologies,
which delivers Category A pathogens to Department of Defense BioSecurity
Level-4 labs and antidotes to the Strategic National Stockpile. SIGA
produces therapies related to dengue, ebola and Lassa fever (none of
which have proven effective). Kindler was also chief of the partner group
of another infamous biowarfare outfit called McDonald’s.
- James Woolsey is a professional spy know to pull the “wool over the
eyes”: Cold Warrior, jingoistic propagandist for the Iraq Wars, rabid
supporter of Israeli airstrikes against Palestinian “terrorists”, and
all-round menace to peace everywhere. As CIA director from 1993-95,
Woolsey was so odious that President Bill Clinton never dared sit alone
with him in the same room. Physical presence did not matter to the CIA
boss who created the electronic surveillance program later criticized by
Edward Snowden and continued his privacy invasions as a board member of
Booz, Allen and Hamilton.
In a PBS public television interview, a paranoiac Woolsey said that the
threat of bio-terrorism required the national security authority to “form
a partnership with the life-sciences industry to get the right types of
research done on the right types of vaccines and antibodies.” (Frontline,
“Plague War”, Oct. 13, 1998) In hindsight, it would be more than naive to
believe this gray bureaucrat could amass the fortune to run two private
equity funds, Lux and Paladin, both with major investments in biowarfare
technologies, including acquisition of Oxitec. He’s just minding the
stockpile for his former employer.
Biological warfare is not and cannot be purely a defensive program of
stockpiling antidotes, since the craft demands access to the toxin. Since
new variants of old diseases are constantly mutating, a strong defensive
biowar program needs to keep up with the offensive potions from the Jones
in England, the Jongs in Pyongyang and the Julyas in Russia. So whatever
the pious declarations of the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention,
bioweapons arsenals are expanding, most recently with the sort of
gene-suppression technology perfected and tested by Luke Alphey, now
owned by Woolsey’s Intrexon.
Old Boys Vs. New Kids on the Bloc
Not by any coincidence, Woolsey was a Rhodes scholar at Oxford. The
support for Brazilian mosquito-release program is an Anglo-American
gentlemen’s club in the spirit of Cecil Rhodes, dedicated to reducing the
cost of “the white man’s burden” and keeping wealth in the hands of an
Atlanticist corporate elite.
Today, the old boy network is being outpaced by the harder-working BRICS
group of Brazil. Russia, India, China and South Africa, and in the Latin
America and Caribbean region, by ALBA (the Bolivarean Alliance for our
Peoples of the Americas). The singular disadvantage, and Achilles heel,
of most of these new power centers is their geographic location in
contagion-originating zones. As Woolsey asserted to PBS, bioweapons like
anthrax “can be cultured from what you get from many cow pastures, and
making it is a little bit harder than running a micro-brewery.”
In other words, the means to wipe out the BRICS and ALBA is right there
in the soil, water or buzzing in the air. What’s at stake in Brazil is
its treasury of iron ore, gold, offshore oil and gas, and soybean farms.
Pathogens, natural or laboratory-produced, that can reduce the native
population are key to installing efficient foreign control of these
resources and reducing social-welfare costs.
Please Don’t Call It Genocide
Reproductive choice is a fundamental human right when it comes to
buying contraceptive pills or a box of condoms in rich societies. In the
developing countries with pervasive poverty, the task of imposing
population limits requires stealth and disinformation. “We are here to
help you poor people fight these terrible diseases.” Sure, the Devil can
quote the Gospel when he really means Genocide.
As opposed to those older methods of surgical removal of ovaries, gene
interference against female reproductive organs is a kinder and gentler
method of involuntary sterilization. ZIKA-infected mothers suffering
ovarian pain from “gene therapy” might beg to differ about the pain and
bleeding. Against mosquito-borne sterilization, women in the developing
world have no defense except to escape deep into the mountains or paddle
to islands remoter than Yap.
The Western corporate elite is aware of their social guilt yet accept the
sin as one of the responsibilities of global governance. HIV-AIDS, SARS,
avian influenza, West Nile, MERS and ZIKA, and the Death Gene . . .
enough’s enough, gentlemen, when will this nightmare ever end? I think we
know the answer to that.
How about ethical alternatives? What if, instead of sneak sterilization
of impoverished mothers through bogus vaccination campaigns and gene
interference, Bill Gates steps forward publicly to express his belief in
population limits and lead by example with a generous act of
self-castration? That should get the ball rolling.
Author: Yoichi Shimatsu is a science writer based in Hong Kong, who
produces low-cost organic citronella oil for effective deterrence of
mosquitoes and other blood-feeding insects, including biotechnology
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