Oxitec‘s genetically engineered Mosquito trial is being expanded in Brazil’s Piracicaba region, to cover a city of over 60,000 people. With support from Ministry officials and the WHO, this UK biotech is making serious progress with their transgenic organism solution for Infectious diseases.
UPDATE: (Article originally published 3/06/16). Just announced (14/07/16): The results from the trial have seen a massive 91% drop in Dengue Fever cases in the trial zone of Piracicaba, where Oxitec deployed its mosquitos (zone of around 5,000 people). Could this be the end of the Dengue Epidemic? See end of article for more.
UK-based Oxitec is world-famous for their approach to disease vector control; engineering mosquitos to breed sterile offspring unable to spread infectious diseases such as Dengue, Malaria and even the Zika virus (to mention a few).
Now their trial for genetically engineered mosquito populations is being expanded, in lieu of the public and widespread panic which the Zika virus is causing,