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. background What is the most dangerous animal on earth? oxitec.com background A shark? A lion? A venomous snake? oxitec.com background No - it’s the mosquito! oxitec.com background Mosquitoes kill over 1 million people in the world every year… oxitec.com background ...they have a huge impact on human health oxitec.com background Mosquito borne diseases: oxitec.com background Mosquito borne diseases: oxitec.com background Mosquito borne diseases: oxitec.com background Mosquito borne diseases: Yellow fever oxitec.com background Mosquito borne diseases: oxitec.com background Mosquito borne diseases: oxitec.com background Mosquito borne diseases: and many more! oxitec.com the problem So how do we usually control mosquitoes? oxitec.com the problem We put insecticides in the water oxitec.com the problem …and spray chemicals in the air oxitec.com the problem We spray some more… oxitec.com the problem Photo courtesy of Nathan Benn and some more… oxitec.com the problem …but Dengue is still increasing! oxitec.com the problem 2.5 billion people in the world are at risk oxitec.com the problem No vaccine No medication oxitec.com the solution We CAN do better… …a solution is ready oxitec.com the solution We can use ABC oxitec.com the solution Autocidal Biological Control The pest controls itself! oxitec.com the solution Male mosquitoes do not bite or spread disease Only females do… oxitec.com the solution We can genetically change males… …so they carry a lethal gene …and so we can recognise them oxitec.com the solution Wild x Wild oxitec.com the solution Transgenic x Wild oxitec.com the solution Population More transgenic male mosquitoes means faster control No treatment Time oxitec.com the solution It is effective oxitec.com the solution Transgenic males mate only with wild female mosquitoes…of the same species …other species are unaffected oxitec.com the solution It is effective and environmentally friendly oxitec.com the solution A breakthrough in genetics providing a simple, effective and sustainable solution oxitec.com ABC– a novel approach to mosquito management Thank you!