Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

GM Mosquitoes

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

GM Mosquitoes

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A draft guidance document on the testing of genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes for the control of malaria and dengue is being posted online for comments.

Anyone can provide written comments during the consultation period which runs until 7 January 2013 and is the final stage in the development of the long-awaited document.

The document, entitled Guidance Framework for Testing of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes, is designed to help countries develop national regulations on the potential use of GM mosquitoes for public health purposes.

Testing the efficacy and safety of the use of GM mosquitoes for disease control is vital for gauging the success of this new technology and for generating the scientific evidence needed for making decisions about its future use.

So far, trials of GM mosquitoes have been conducted in enclosed spaces, such as cages made of dense netting material, and limited field trials. Once the guidance document has been finalized and published, it will help those planning and conducting all phases of testing.

"The guide sets standards for assessing the safety and efficacy of GM mosquitoes and addresses the legal, ethical, social, cultural and regulatory issues that arise during their development and deployment," said Dr Yeya Toure, team leader in the Vectors, Environment and Society unit at TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases. …

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