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2014-04-10 16:23:57

CAMPINAS, Brazil, April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Technical Commission for Biosecurity (CTNBio), the collegiate body responsible for approval and regulation of transgenic organisms in Brazil, today 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 commercial use in Brazil and the latest of a long series of biotechnology approvals by CTNBio. The Oxitec...

2014-04-10 08:30:50

CAMPINAS, Brazil, April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A project taking place in Jacobina, Bahia has again shown the effectiveness of the Oxitec OX513A mosquito in reducing the dengue mosquito population. Led by the social organisation Moscamed, the project showed that releases of the genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes (OX513A) reduced by 79% the wild dengue mosquito population after six months. The results obtained in the neighbourhood of Pedra Branca protected...

2014-01-28 08:23:39

OXFORD, England, January 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Panama has now approved the next phase of evaluation for Oxitec's sterile mosquitoes as a novel tool to combat the dengue mosquito. The announcement comes weeks after Panama's Health Minister, Javier Diaz, declared that the country was experiencing a 'dengue epidemic'. Concern over Panama's growing number of cases has highlighted the need for new, more effective ways of controlling the dengue mosquito, Aedes aegypti,...

How Mosquitoes Smell Us
2013-12-05 14:31:24

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Many a pleasant summer’s evening has been ruined by the onset of swarms of mosquitoes, and studies have shown that the flying pests are drawn to both the carbon dioxide we exhale and the scent of our skin. A new study, published in the journal Cell, has found that mosquitoes actually use the same olfactory mechanism to detect both carbon dioxide and skin odors. "It was a real surprise when we found that the mosquito's CO2 receptor...

Mystery Surrounds Isolated Dengue Fever Outbreaks In United States
2013-11-15 09:03:40

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Dengue fever, an infectious tropical disease carried by several species of mosquito in the genus Aedes, has been showing up in Key West and the Florida mainland, potentially exposing millions of people to a disease that can lead to life-threatening illness. While the dengue virus is mysteriously working its way up into Florida, researchers are equally as puzzled as to why the dangerous illness has not yet become common in and...

2013-06-20 04:21:20

OXFORD, England, June 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Moscamed made the first releases of Oxitec GM mosquitoes to mark the launch of a new programme to control the dengue mosquito Aedes aegypti in the town of Jacobina in the State of Bahia. In previous trials Moscamed have demonstrated that, using the Oxitec mosquitoes, it is possible to rapidly reduce the number of dengue mosquitoes in a town. In the most recent demonstration in Mandacaru the level of these mosquitoes...

Mosquitoes Lose Their Sense Of Smell After Genetic Mutations
2013-05-30 05:45:43

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) have altered the way insects respond to odors, including the smell of humans and the insect repellant DEET, in one of the first successful attempts at genetically engineering mosquitoes. The findings, published in an issue of Nature, demonstrates that mosquitoes can be genetically manipulated using the latest research techniques. The results also pave the way to understanding...

2013-05-20 08:27:31

OXFORD, England, May 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Mandacaru field trial report - press summary Oxitec's ground-breaking approach to pest control has again been demonstrated in a further trial carried out by Moscamed in Brazil. In this trial Moscamed achieved a 96% suppression of the dengue mosquito in the village of Mandacaru, Bahia state, Brazil. Scientists from Oxitec together with Moscamed and the University of Sao Paulo, Oxitec's partners in...

2013-04-09 08:30:11

OXFORD, England, April 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Oxitec is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the 2013 Europe New Product Innovation Award by Frost & Sullivan, in recognition of its groundbreaking and environmentally-friendly approach to pest control. Frost and Sullivan describe Oxitec's leading-edge pest control products as "the most environmentally-friendly and sustainable approach to pest control currently available". The award was conferred after in-depth...

Mosquito Eye Color Genetically Altered To Combat Disease Transmission
2013-03-22 08:39:41

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Two Virginia Tech researchers successfully altered the eye color of a mosquito in an ongoing effort to develop genetic strategies with the specific goal to disrupt the transmission of disease such as malaria and dengue fever. Zach Adelman and Kevin Myles, associate professors of entomology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) have been studying vector-borne disease transmission on a genetic level to develop...