Tag Archives: GE Mosquito

The Zika Virus and Global Food Security – Connection?

Marshall-Matz

Yes, there is a connection! Marshall Matz, agriculture and global food security expert at OFW Law, explains this connection and how genetic energy can meet both challenges in his piece recently published by AgriPulse. Matz discusses that despite the strong relationship between health care, nutrition and food security, the public has a varying acceptance of each issue:  Q.  Is there a connection between the Zika virus and global food security? A.   Yes. Genetic engineering has an important role Read More >

Farmer Gene  |  Leave a comment  |  Email This Post
Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

WHO Supports Male Assassins to Target Female Mosquitoes Spreading Zika Virus

Pupae emerging V2

The race is on to better understand, diagnose and prevent Zika virus. The World Health Organization (WHO) warns that the human and social consequences for the 30 countries with recently detected Zika outbreaks could be “staggering”. So how could genetically engineered mosquitoes play a central role in the emergency R&D response being developed by the WHO? Mosquitoes are by far the most deadly animal to humans. Deaths from malaria are the most common cause, killing Read More >

Farmer Gene  |  Leave a comment  |  Email This Post
Tags: , , , , , ,

The New York Times Dispels Fairytale Rumors Around the Zika Virus

zika_virus

“Although there is no absolute proof that the Zika virus is behind the surge in microcephaly in Brazil and outbreaks of Guillain-Barré syndrome in six countries, the world’s leading health authorities are close to certain that it is,” The New York Times writes. Unfortunately, many rumors blaming other potential causes for the spread of this virus has arisen. In a recent piece, The New York Times takes a look at the most prominent theories making the rounds Read More >

Farmer Gene  |  Leave a comment  |  Email This Post
Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Celebrating a Life-Saving Biotech Solution on World Mosquito Day

Mosquito pupae. World Mosquito Day.

Odds are the world’s deadliest animal is living in your home and you don’t know you are at risk. We do our best each day to make smart decisions to protect ourselves, our friends, our families and our neighbors from serious harm. But there is one danger lurking in many of our homes which is going unchecked. The Mosquito.  It beggars belief how a creature so small can be so dangerous, but mosquitoes kill one Read More >

Food And Agriculture, Health  |  Leave a comment  |  Email This Post
Tags: , , , ,

GE Mosquitos May Be on Their Way to the Florida Keys

GE Mosquitos

The GE Mosquito made its debut when it was first introduced in Brazil to help fight Dengue Fever. BIO’s blog Brazil Fights Back Dengue Fever with GE Mosquito covers this story. Now, Oxitec’s genetically modified mosquito (Aedes aegypti) may be unleashed in the Florida Keys to help fight killer mosquitoes carrying deadly diseases. Washington Post covered the story here: Thanks to climate change and globalization, the Keys are also increasingly home to killer tropical diseases such as dengue fever and chikungunya Read More >

Farmer Gene  |  Leave a comment  |  Email This Post
Tags: , , , , ,