GM mosquitoes: Procedure strictly complied with

This is a follow-up blog to “Release of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Delayed

Dr Lee Han Lim, Head, Medical Entomology Unit & WHO Collaborating Centre for Vectors, IMR, released a response to the recent public outcry regarding the planned release of genetically-modified mosquitoes into public spaces.  He details that “exhaustive studies lasting four years confirmed that the biology, behaviour, mating competitiveness and vectorial capacity of the genetically-modified Aedes aegypti are not altered.”  This research was published (journal unknown), and reviewed by the Genetic Modification Advisory Committee (GMAC) and the National Biosafety Board (NBB) and a release study was approved.  Public advisory sessions were held, with public briefings and signage.  An article in Nature confirmed that the public was informed.  Regarding of mosquito offspring, the lab-observed 3%survivorship is likely an overestimate, as ample food, no predation, and ideal enviornmental conditions were present during the trial.

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