October 27, 2021

Florida Keys move ahead with trial of self-limiting, gene-modified mosquitoes

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From Managed Care Trial targets the primary vector for Zika, dengue, and chikungunya viruses The Board of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District has voted to approve the investigational agreement for use of self-limiting Friendly mosquitoes (Oxitec, Ltd.) in an effectiveness trial to fightAedes aegypti, the primary vector for such dangerous viruses as Zika, dengue, […]

FLORIDA: Key Haven residents vote against mosquito test

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By Terry Roen Residents of Key Haven voted decisively against a referendum to allow genetically modified mosquitoes to be released in a test to control the spread of Zika virus, while residents of Monroe County voted to approve the test. The vote is non-binding and the district’s board of commissioners will have the final say on […]

FLORIDA: Intrexon (XON) Announces Monroe County votes in support of trial utilizing Oxitec’s genetically engineered mosquitoes

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From StreetInsider Oxitec announces that the residents of Monroe County, Florida yesterday voted to support the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District utilizing Oxitec’s genetically engineered, self-limiting mosquitoes in an effectiveness trial to fight against the Aedes aegypti mosquito. “The voters of Monroe County have clearly spoken. By approving this referendum, they have highlighted the need […]

US State approves trial for new mosquito control method

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By Nancy Klingener From WLRN Miami The first Florida trial of the Wolbachia bacteria to combat Aedes aegypti mosquitoes has been approved for the Florida Keys. Aedes aegypti are the mosquitoes responsible for transmitting the Zika virus. They can also carry dengue fever and chikingunya. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services approved MosquitoMate’s […]