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Oxitec’s ‘Friendly Mosquitoes’ are now protecting more than 60,000 people from the ‘dengue mosquito‘. The genetically modified male Aedes aegypti mate with wild females, passing a self-limiting gene on to offspring.
The youngsters die before they reach maturity and before they’re able to spread the dengue virus.
It’s just over a year since we last spoke to Oxitec. At that time, its mosquito control solution was moving from field trials to operational use in Piracicaba, Brazil, having suppressed more than 90% of the wild Aedes aegypti population in several trials. Since then, the company has been focusing on commercializing and expanding projects with its technology.
We spoke to Oxitec’s CEO Hadyn Parry, who began by telling us why Oxitec’s mosquito control solution is affectionately known as Friendly™ Aedes: “We take some of our mosquitoes when we visit communities and ask people to put their hand in the cage.