October 17, 2019

Cayman Islands MRCU responds to GeneWatch FOI release

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Following recent reports by some local media [including iNews Cayman] questioning the success of the recent public health programme that deployed genetically modified, non-biting mosquitoes to combat Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, the Mosquito Research and Control Unit (MRCU) would like to clarify a number of points: On 29 June 2017 the minutes of the West Bay […]

New documents show Oxitec’s GM mosquitoes ineffective and risky

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GeneWatch UK today released an updated report on Oxitec’s releases of genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes in the Cayman Islands (1). The report cites new information regarding ineffectiveness and risks, including the annual report of the project, recently released as a result of a Freedom of Information request (2). The annual report was not available to […]

The Editor Speaks: How important and accurate are surveys?

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Last Monday (15) the Cayman Islands government released the results of their Oxitec Opinion Survey. It showed a pretty staggering 69% of residents supported the Friendly Aedes aegypti Project that was launched in West Bay. If one was to read some of the media and listened to one particular call in radio talk show one […]

Cayman Islands: Oxitec opinion survey results released [69% in favour]

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A large majority of Grand Cayman residents support the public health programme known as the Friendly Aedes aegypti Project under way in West Bay. A recent opinion poll has revealed that 69 per cent of residents support this initiative, while only 13 per cent oppose the programme. The Mosquito Research Control Unit (MRCU), in collaboration […]