A small moth could become the newest weapon in Colombia’s war on drugs. The caterpillars of Eloria noyesi, also known as the cocaine. Gene. Jan 17;(1) Epub Nov Molecular cloning and functional characterization of the dopamine transporter from Eloria noyesi. Descriptions and articles about the Cocaine Tussock Moth, scientifically known as Eloria noyesi in the Encyclopedia of Life. Includes Physical Description; T.

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Please accept this article as a free contribution from COHA, but if re-posting, please afford authorial and institutional attribution. It turns out that the DATs were pretty similar and highly homologous to DAT from other invertebrate and vertebrate species. The last documented instance of Eloria Noyesi affecting coca crops occurred in Peru and caused significant financial damages in that country.

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Exclusive rights can be negotiated. If these moths consume plants other than those that produce coca, their large-scale release into the wild could have severe ramifications on those ecosystems. Email Address never made public. In vivo microdialysis, voltammetry and patch clamp data were supportive.

The authors cloned the dopamine transporter DAT from these guys and the silkworm Bombyx mori under the hypothesis that this primary target of cocaine might be responsible for the insensitivity of E. Further research needs to be conducted before policy makers decide on the issue. The takeaway here is that the group was able to selectively narrow down on the cocaine-DAT interaction making a nice little model to dissociate DAT-mediated from serotonin and norepinephrine transporter mediated effects of cocaine.

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The primary concern regarding the plausibility of this anti-narcotic alternative is the potential for environmental degradation. The interesting thing is that the little buggers fail to die from cocaine poisoning, unlike other caterpillers.

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Another piece of evidence that supports the implementation is the fact that this species is native to Colombia. At the Smithsonian Visit. And I can also imagine if they said in advance that they were going to clone the E. This proposed anti-narcotic methor calls for lab breeding of the moths, under controlled conditions, which would then be released into areas where illegal coca production has been suspected.

After all, life span of the moth does not exceed 30 days, and for this reason, overpopulation is hardly of concern. Some officials from the Colombian and United States governments, which provides financial backing for the spraying, argue that cocaine is a greater health risk than the herbicides.

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Eloria Noyesi: Colombia’s Potential Solution to Eradicating Illicit Coca

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This idea isn’t exactly popular. On May 10 the Colombian government announced that the country would cease the use of aerial spray techniques in its anti-narcotics program. A New Treatment for Blindness.

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You are commenting using your WordPress. This is one example where efforts to step back and look at the big picture during grant review would possibly pay off. There have been multiple instances recorded where the Eloria Noyesi species decimated coca production.

Well, it points out that first, research ideas are based on observation. Science Age of Humans. A number of prominent Colombian lepidopterists support this proposal as a nohesi and cost-efficient alternative in combatting illegal coca production.

Notify me of new comments via email. The fact that this species has successfully ruined coca production and affects the thinking of coca growers speaks to the threat that it poses.