Oxitec uses advanced genetics to insert a self-limiting gene into its mosquitoes. The gene is passed on to the modified insect’s offspring, so when Oxitec mosquitoes are released into the wild and mate with wild females their offspring inherit the self-limiting trait. The resulting offspring will die before reaching adulthood and the local mosquito population will decline.
We call this approach Oxitec controllable technology. For more information about Oxitec pest control and the science behind it please visit our dedicated information pages on Oxitec science.