11 March 2015
New York University London
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The mosquito is the world's most dangerous animal, accounting for hundreds of millions of malaria and dengue cases each year. In the global war against the mosquito it is the mosquito that is winning as trends such as globalisation and urbanisation provide transportation and environments that exacerbate the threat of mosquito borne diseases.
In his talk, Dr Parry will argue that current tools have proved unsuccessful in combating this threat and that new approaches are desperately needed. His solution is that genetic engineering provides an answer by allowing the use of genetically 'sterile' mosquitoes that are released into an urban environment to reduce rapidly the disease carrying species. In presenting such a solution Dr Parry argues that proponents must address the perceptions around GM technology with clear communication and transparency.
In July, it was announced that Oxitec is opening in Brazil its first mosquito production unit to fight the dengue vector, Aedes aegypti.
This talk follows on from the successful lecture, given by Dr Parry at SCI in October and will include new developments and additional information will be provided.
New York UniversityNew York University in London
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Tel: 0207 598 1594
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