LONDON, March 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The University of Panama held a 'Forum on Transgenic Mosquitoes' on Wednesday 21st March 2012. Unfortunately, all members of the panel at this event have previously registered on repeated occasions as entrenched opposition to the use of transgenic technologies, ensuring that a balanced and productive discussion could not take place. Oxitec, which in 2010 entered into a partnership with the Gorgas Institute in Panama to evaluate a new approach to combating the Dengue mosquito, Aedes aegypti, is disappointed not to have been granted the opportunity to participate fully on this occasion.
At Oxitec we recognise that openness, transparency and public discourse are central to the success of our approach. Oxitec is happy to engage in this process. We hope that in future all public debate will take into account the need for a balanced discussion.
Hadyn Parry, CEO of Oxitec, said:
"As with any new technology, our approach should be examined through expert review and the regulatory process. Experts need to be able to ask questions, and regulators need to determine the conditions for trials. Oxitec is no exception. We see our approach as potentially being an important part in the fight against Dengue. We are fully committed to the evaluation process and engaging with the public, media and experts. "
To this end, we have taken a number of steps, including:
Oxitec is committed to a fully open and transparent relationship with all who wish to find out more about our solutions. Please send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, or media enquiries to email@example.com, tel : +44 (0) 1235 832 393
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About Oxitec (www.oxitec.com)
Oxitec is a British company pioneering a new approach to combating dengue fever. The Oxitec solution harnesses advanced genetics to create 'sterile' male insects to combat insect-borne diseases. Dengue fever, which at conservative estimate infects at least 50 million people a year, is a growing problem in Panama and across the globe. Currently, mosquito populations are controlled by chemical pesticides which are indiscriminate and have not stopped the spread of the disease. The Oxitec approach has the potential to make a major contribution to global health by combating insects responsible for serious diseases such as dengue fever.
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