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Press Release: Oxitec’s genetically engineered mosquitoes in Panama pilot achieve over 90% control of the mosquito responsible for outbreaks of dengue fever and chikungunya

Tracy Thompson 28th January 2015 News, Oxitec in the news, Resources

Oxford, UK, 27th January 2015 Oxitec and the Gorgas Institute in Panama today announce the result of the outdoor pilot of Oxitec OX513A, an engineered strain of the Aedes aegypti mosquito. The outcome was a reduction of over 90% in the local population of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits the dengue and chikungunya viruses. [...]

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Oxitec Newsletter December 2014

Chris Creese 8th December 2014 Documents, News, Newsletter

To stay up on the latest news, follow Oxitec on Facebook and on Twitter. Here are a few recent highlights. A new partnership in India Oxitec and our Indian partner GBIT are delighted by the strong show of support by both UK and Indian government funding schemes for our world-leading technology. Our partnership was one of four projects [...]

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PRESS RELEASE: Oxitec do Brasil opens its first mosquito production unit to fight the dengue vector, Aedes aegypti

Tracy Thompson 30th July 2014 News, Oxitec in the news

Campinas, 29 July 2014 Oxitec do Brasil is today holding the inauguration of its first production unit of its OX513A Aedes aegypti mosquito in order to help in the fight against the principal vector of dengue and chikungunya. With 240m2 for production, dispatch and analysis of mosquitos, the opening of the factory marks a new [...]

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Oxitec Newsletter July 2014

Tracy Thompson 3rd July 2014 Documents, News, Newsletter

NEWSLETTER July 2014 Oxitec’s mosquito control approved in Brazil The National Technical Commission for Biosecurity (CTNBio), the collegiate body responsible for approval and regulation of transgenic organisms in Brazil, recently approved the commercial release of the genetically modified (GM) mosquito, OX513A, developed by Oxitec. It is the first GM insect to be considered safe for [...]

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PRESS RELEASE: Panama trial begins

Tracy Thompson 30th May 2014 News

Day 1 for Panama’s newest pest control as Gorgas Memorial Institute recruits Oxitec’s GE mosquitoes to lead the fight against the dengue menace Oxford, England, May 2014 Oxitec’s genetically engineered (GE) mosquitoes have taken wing for the first time in Panama, as part of an innovative approach to combatting the pests that spread dengue fever. [...]

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Bill Gates introduces Mosquito Week on his personal blog, the Gates Notes.

Tracy Thompson 29th April 2014 Resources

This Bill Gates Infographic Reveals The World’s Deadliest Animal — And It’s Not Even A Close Race Bill Gates posted the graphic below to his blog on April 25. Mosquitoes carry devastating diseases like malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, and encephalitis.  It shows how many people are killed by different species of animal every year. [...]

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The Guardian: Genetically engineered mosquitoes could be vital weapon against malaria

Tracy Thompson 23rd April 2014 News, Oxitec in the news

An Oxford-based biotech firm is modifying the males of the species to be sterile, effectively making the killers kill themselves Elisabeth Braw Guardian Professional, Tuesday 22 April 2014 14.10 BST 627,000 deaths per year: that’s a good figure. Malaria, the deadly illness caused by infected mosquitoes, is on the retreat, thanks to medical treatments that [...]

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FrankenFoodFacts: “Genetically modified dengue fighters”

Tracy Thompson 22nd April 2014 News, Oxitec in the news

An independent investigation into the validity of claims made by pro- and anti- GMO groups I know I generally don’t say much about myself here, but this post requires a bit of  ”Get to Know BioChica”. When I was 6 years old, my family moved to Venezuela. I graduated from high-school and then chose to [...]