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2014-06-23 08:28:58

OXFORD, England, June 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Oxitec, a pioneer in the control of insects that spread disease and damage crops, today announced the completion of a GBP6.1 million ($10.2 million) investment round. The oversubscribed fundraising was supported by existing shareholders, Oxford Capital Partners, the University of Oxford and East Hill Management, who were joined by a number of international private investors from South America, Europe and Asia. The...

2014-05-19 11:37:51

The Lancet For the first time, scientists have developed an early warning system to predict the risk of dengue infections for the 553 microregions of Brazil during the football World Cup. The estimates, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, show that the chance of a dengue outbreak is enough of a possibility to warrant a high-alert warning in the three northeastern venues (Natal, Fortaleza, and Recife) but is likely to be generally low in all 12 host cities. Dengue is a viral...

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...

2014-03-11 08:32:02

Company Expands Commitment with Global Dengue/Malaria Disease Prevention Program RACINE, Wis., March 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mosquito-borne diseases, such as dengue and malaria, affect millions of adults and children globally each year. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the incidence of dengue has increased 30-fold in the past 50 years.* SC Johnson, the global leader in pest control, recognizes the need to address this threat and has expanded its commitment to...

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,...

2013-08-13 11:16:11

A new strategy that cripples the ability of the dengue virus to escape the host immune system has been discovered by A*STAR’s Singapore Immunology Network (SIgN). This breakthrough strategy opens a door of hope to what may become the world’s first universal dengue vaccine candidate that can give full protection from all four serotypes of the dreadful virus. This research done in collaboration with Singapore’s Novartis Institute of Tropical Diseases (NITD) and Beijing Institute of...

2013-08-13 00:20:06

Singapore, Aug 13, 2013 - (ACN Newswire) - A new strategy that cripples the ability of the dengue virus to escape the host immune system has been discovered by A*STAR's Singapore Immunology Network (SIgN). This breakthrough strategy opens a door of hope to what may become the world's first universal dengue vaccine candidate that can give full protection from all four serotypes of the dreadful virus. This research done in collaboration with Singapore's Novartis Institute of Tropical Diseases...

2013-04-29 15:13:33

With the help of a warning system which measures the risk of dengue incidence using precipitation and air temperature, it is possible to forecast the outbreak of dengue fever up to 16 weeks in advance. This is what Yien Ling Hii concludes in the dissertation she is defending at Umeå University on 3 May. Dengue fever is an infectious disease caused by virus and transmitted to persons by mosquitoes. A person contracted dengue fever usually shows symptoms including sudden spike of...


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