Oxitec’s CEO testifies in a Congressional Committee Hearing – Science of Zika: The DNA of an Epidemic- Wednesday 25th May 2016

Tracy Thompson 26th May 2016 News

Yesterday Oxitec’s CEO Hadyn Parry testified at a Congressional Committee Hearing – “Science of Zika:  The DNA of an Epidemic” before the United States House Committee on Science, Space and Technology about the role genetically engineered mosquitoes can play in controlling the spread of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, a known carrier of the Zika virus. The [...]

Piracicaba Public Engagement Bug Dorm - Copy

Weapons in the War Against Zika

Matt Warren 11th May 2016 Perspectives

Since 2007, Zika virus transmission has been documented in 62 countries and territories.1 It’s spreading fast through Latin America and the Caribbean, and may soon threaten the southeastern United States. What is being done to stop Aedes aegypti, the mosquitoes that spread this dangerous virus? Below, we breakdown some current approaches to fighting this mosquito [...]


Press Release: Grand Cayman will use Oxitec solution to suppress wild Aedes aegypti, the dangerous mosquito that spreads dengue, Zika and chikungunya, in an effort to help eliminate these diseases

Matt Warren 5th May 2016 News, Oxitec in the news

Programme follows successful trial of Oxitec’s mosquito in Cayman Islands that reduced Aedes aegypti by 96% Grand Cayman, 5th May, 2016 Oxitec and the Cayman Islands Mosquito Research and Control Unit (MRCU) announced a new plan to fight wild Aedes aegypti, the dangerous mosquito that spreads dengue, Zika and chikungunya, to prevent the threat of [...]

Oxitec male mosquitoes released from pot in Jacobina Brazil

Why the World Health Organization Just Backed a Mosquito

Matt Warren 29th April 2016 Perspectives

The World Health Organization (WHO) steps in to fight the worst global health crises. From the HIV/AIDS epidemic1 to the deadly Ebola virus2, the organization plays an integral role in recommending appropriate courses of action and coordinating global response. With the emergence of the mosquito-borne Zika virus being linked to microcephaly, a rare neurological condition [...]


Poll: Americans are Willing to Change Their Travel Plans, Support a Field Test of Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes

Matt Warren 13th April 2016 News, Oxitec in the news

Oxford, UK, 13th April 2016 – An independent survey finds that 64 percent of American adults nationwide, and 66 percent in Florida, support the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approving the use of genetically engineered mosquitoes in areas of the United States that are vulnerable to a Zika outbreak. The survey was conducted as the [...]

The Oxitec truck releases Oxitec mosquitoes at GPS-mapped sites for targeted control

Press Release: National Health Surveillance Agency of Brazil (Anvisa) to Grant Special Temporary Registration for Oxitec’s GE Mosquito

Matt Warren 13th April 2016 News, Oxitec in the news

OX513A Fights Primary Mosquito Vector of Dengue, Zika and Chikungunya Viruses Oxford, UK, 13 April 2016 – The National Health Surveillance Agency of Brazil (Anvisa) announced yesterday they would grant a special temporary registration (RET, Registro Especial Temporário) to Oxitec to deploy its genetically engineered mosquito, OX513A, known as Friendly Aedes aegypti, throughout the country. [...]

Single OX513A Aae male in flight – High res

Press Release: World Health Organization (WHO) Issues Positive Recommendation for Oxitec’s Self-limiting Mosquito

Matt Warren 21st March 2016 News, Oxitec in the news

OXFORD, UK, 21st March 2016 – The World Health Organization (WHO) has posted the conclusions and recommendations of the Vector Control Advisory Group (VCAG) meeting from March 14-15, 2016, regarding vector control tools for use in response to the recent Zika virus outbreak.  After their review of several new tools with the potential to reduce vector [...]

OX513A larvae and pupae 2

Press Release: FDA Publishes Preliminary Finding of No Significant Impact on Oxitec’s Self-limiting Mosquito

Matt Warren 11th March 2016 News, Oxitec in the news

EMBARGOED UNTIL 8.45AM ET, FRIDAY 11th MARCH, 2016 OXFORD, UK, 11th March 2016 – The US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (FDA-CVM) today released in the Federal Register a preliminary finding of no significant impact (FONSI) on Oxitec’s self-limiting OX513A Aedes aegypti mosquito for an investigational trial in the Florida Keys.  The finding [...]

Andy & Danilo releasing Friendly mosquitoes

Press Release: Expansion of Oxitec’s Vector Control Solution in Brazil Attacking Source of Zika Virus and Dengue Fever after Positive Program Results

Chris Creese 19th January 2016 News, Oxitec in the news

EMBARGOED UNTIL 12PM UK OXFORD, England, and GERMANTOWN, Md., January, 19, 2016 – Intrexon Corporation (NYSE: XON), a leader in synthetic biology, today announced its subsidiary Oxitec and Piracicaba City Hall have expanded the ‘Friendly Aedes aegypti Project’ in Piracicaba, Brazil following strong results for controlling the Ae. aegypti mosquito population, the primary vector for [...]