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2014-05-30 04:22:23

OXFORD, England, May 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- 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. Following official approval from Panama's National Biosafety Committee in January, the first of Oxitec's GE mosquitoes have been released in a suburb of the Arraijan district, west of Panama City, as part of a controlled field experiment to evaluate...

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,...

2013-02-13 17:38:44

A new discovery promises to allow expanded use of a mainstay biological pest control method, which avoids the health, environmental and pest-resistance concerns of traditional insecticides, scientists are reporting. The advance toward broadening applicability of the so-called sterile insect technique (SIT) appears in the journal ACS Synthetic Biology. Luke Alphey and colleagues explain that the Lepidoptera, a large family of insects with a caterpillar stage, cause widespread damage...


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  • A stinking tobacco.
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