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ABC Mosquito Control. Dr Kevin Gorman Oxitec Ltd, UK.

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ABC Mosquito Control

Dr Kevin Gorman

Oxitec Ltd, UK

The views and opinions expressed in this presentation are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of WSAID, The Miami Science Museum or any agency in Florida or the U.S. government. There have been limited field trials with this technique. Assumptions made within the presentation are not reflective of the position of WSAID, the Miami Science Museum, the Florida government or any U.S. government entity.

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What is the most dangerous animal on earth?

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A shark?

A lion?

A venomous snake?

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No - it’s the mosquito!

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Mosquitoes kill over

1 million people in the

world every year…

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...they have a huge impact on human health

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Mosquito borne diseases:

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Mosquito borne diseases:

Malaria

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Mosquito borne diseases:

Dengue

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Mosquito borne diseases:

Yellow fever

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Mosquito borne diseases:

Chikungunya

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Mosquito borne diseases:

Japanese encephalitis

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Mosquito borne diseases:

and many more!

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the problem

So how do we usually control mosquitoes?

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the problem

We spray some more…

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the problem

Photo courtesy of Nathan Benn

and some more…

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the problem

…but Dengue is still increasing!

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the problem

2.5 billion people in the world

are at risk

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the problem

No vaccine

No medication

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the solution

We CAN do better…

…a solution is ready

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the solution

We can use ABC

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the solution

AutocidalBiological Control

The pest controls itself!

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the solution

Male mosquitoes do not bite

or spread disease

Only

females do…

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the solution

We can genetically change males…

…so they carry a lethal gene

TET

…and so we

can recognise them

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the solution

Wild x Wild

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the solution

Transgenic x Wild

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the solution

More transgenic male mosquitoes means faster control

No treatment

Population

More

sterile males

Sterile males

Time

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the solution

It is effective

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the solution

Transgenic males mate only with wild female mosquitoes…of the same species

…other species

are unaffected

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the solution

It is effective

and environmentally friendly

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the solution

A breakthrough in genetics providing a simple, effective and sustainable solution

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