The War on Mosquito-Borne Disease

Duration: 1:07:04 | 30 September 2014
Dr Hadyn Parry

In his talk Dr Parry argued 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 argued 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.

About the Speaker

Dr Hadyn Parry is the Chief Executive of Oxitec, an Oxfordshire based company pioneering the control of insects that spread disease and damage crops.

Dr Parry has an extensive background in the Life Science sector. He has held various positions helping to develop solutions for farmers and public health authorities and has been involved in the development of GM crops for crop protection and seeds companies. He was also Chairman of Help for Heroes, a UK charity founded in 2007 to support wounded British soldiers from its foundation up to 2013.

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