Tag: Aedes aegypti

MRCU signs new $600k deal with Oxitec

MRCU signs new $600k deal with Oxitec

| 22/05/2018 | 33 Comments
(CNS): Despite recent revelations that the pilot project using genetically modified male mosquitoes to reduce the Aedes aegypti population fell far short of expectations, the government has signed a new deal with biotechnology company, Oxitec, to continue releasing them. The contract is costing th [...]

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GM mozzie trial in WB may have failed

GM mozzie trial in WB may have failed

| 15/05/2018 | 67 Comments
(CNS): Documents and correspondence released to GeneWatch, a UK-based NGO, under a freedom of information request appear to show that there is no evidence that the controversial release of genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in West Bay by Oxitec in co-ordination with the Cayman Islands M [...]

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US mosquito expert lands top job at MRCU

US mosquito expert lands top job at MRCU

| 27/02/2018 | 18 Comments
(CNS): The new head of the Mosquito Research and Control Unit (MRCU) is an American mosquito expert, government officials confirmed Tuesday. Dr James “Jim” McNelly will start work in Cayman on Monday, 5 March, when he leaves his current job at the Mosquito Control Division of Volusia County in [...]

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Success of GM mozzie project queried by MRCU

Success of GM mozzie project queried by MRCU

| 20/02/2018 | 27 Comments
(CNS): Government has cancelled a planned national roll-out of the controversial genetically modified mosquito project by the UK-based firm Oxitec. Nancy Barnard, the acting director of the Mosquito Research and Control Unit, told CNS that the decision not to expand the experimental method for suppr [...]

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Oxitec bio-bugs ‘ineffective and risky’, claim activists

Oxitec bio-bugs ‘ineffective and risky’, claim activists

| 08/09/2017 | 26 Comments
(CNS): The UK-based anti-GM charity and research group, GeneWatch UK, has taken aim at the project in which millions of bio-engineered mosquitoes were released in the Cayman Islands. In the wake of the Mosquito Research and Control Unit’s first annual report on the progress of the project, the [...]

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MRCU plans to expand GM mozzie project

MRCU plans to expand GM mozzie project

| 15/06/2017 | 37 Comments
(CNS): Following the near year-long trial in West Bay, where genetically modified mosquitoes were released to reduce the population of Aedes aegypti, the MRCU is planning to expand the programme. The project has proved controversial but interim results show a decline of 79% in the pest. Now the modi [...]

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US non-profit backs local anti-GM mosquito campaign

US non-profit backs local anti-GM mosquito campaign

| 01/02/2017 | 21 Comments
(CNS): As the Mosquito Research and Control Unit begins talks about expanding the release of bio-engineered Aedes aegypti mosquitoes across Grand Cayman, given the emerging success of the controlled project in West Bay, those opposed to the use of GM bugs to control the invasive pests have launched [...]

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GM project cuts mozzies by over 80%

GM project cuts mozzies by over 80%

| 26/01/2017 | 28 Comments
(CNS): There has been a dramatic fall in the number of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in West Bay, where genetically modified bugs have been released in a pilot project to get as near as possible to eradicating the disease-spreading pest. Over the last six months the MRCU, in partnership with a private UK [...]

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NGOs query GM mosquito success risk

NGOs query GM mosquito success risk

| 04/10/2016 | 15 Comments
(CNS) UPDATED 5 Oct, with Oxitec comment: Admissions by Oxitec, the UK company partnering with the Mosquito Research and Control Unit here in Cayman, that the space created by the successful eradication of the Aedes aegypti through the use of its genetically modified insects could pave the way for a [...]

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Pregnant woman infected by Zika in GT

Pregnant woman infected by Zika in GT

| 27/09/2016 | 33 Comments
(CNS): A pregnant woman who lives in the Swamp area of George Town has been infected with the Zika virus, public health officials said. The first confirmed case of a pregnant woman contracting the mosquito-transmitted virus was revealed at a public information meeting in the capital Tuesday evening [...]

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GM mosquito offspring begin to appear in field test

GM mosquito offspring begin to appear in field test

| 07/09/2016 | 17 Comments
(CNS): The release of hundreds of thousands of genetically modified male mosquitoes is beginning to make its mark on the population of the Aedes aegypti species in the district of West Bay, officials managing the project said after the genetic markers began showing up in insect larvae. Dr Renaud Lac [...]

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