Genetically Engineered Insects
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CAYMAN ISLANDS: COURT SUSPENDS RELEASE OF GMO MOSQUITOES

Genetically Engineered Insects

SUMMARY: "A plan to fight the mosquito that spreads Zika and other illnesses by releasing genetically modified versions of the insect in the Cayman Islands has been put on hold following a court challenge."

A plan to fight the mosquito that spreads Zika and other illnesses by releasing genetically modified versions of the insect in the Cayman Islands has been put on hold following a court challenge.

The Cayman mosquito control unit was going to start releasing GMO mosquitoes produced by British biotech firm Oxitec last week. A government statement announced the delay Monday.

DOMINICA: HEALTH MINISTER SAYS NO TO GENETICALLY-MODIFIED MOSQUITOES

Genetically Engineered Insects

SUMMARY: "Hon. Minister of Health, Dr Kenneth Darroux is reporting that Dominica will not be engaging in the use of genetically-modified mosquitoes to combat the Aedes Egypti mosquito- the vector which carries the Zika virus."

Hon. Minister of Health, Dr Kenneth Darroux is reporting that Dominica will not be engaging in the use of genetically-modified mosquitoes to combat the Aedes Egypti mosquito- the vector which carries the Zika virus.

He was speaking at a Zika press conference earlier this month.

UK COMPANY PLANS TO RELEASE GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FLIES IN SPAIN

Genetically Engineered Insects

SUMMARY: "The UK company Oxitec is planning to release genetically engineered olive flies into the environment in Spain (Catalonia). The insects are genetically manipulated in such a way that female descendants will die as larvae feeding inside the olives, while the next generations of male flies will survive. Oxitec plans to release up to 5000 of these flies per week in Spain, near the town of Tarragona."

GM Moths Field Release near New York Causes Outrage

Genetically Engineered Insects

 Environmental, advocacy and organic farming organizations have sent a letter Thursday to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball along with Cornell University President David Skorton and Agricultural School Associate Dean Susan Brown, urging them to release information to the public about the field release of genetically engineered (GE) diamondback moths at Cornell’s agricultural experiment station in Geneva, New York and to stop any outdoor trials until more adequate information is available.

ENGINEERED MOTHS COULD REDUCE PEST POPULATION

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SUMMARY: "Genetically engineered moths may give farmers a new way to control pests without spraying pesticides."

Genetically engineered moths may give farmers a new way to control pests without spraying pesticides.

Diamondback moths and their larvae cause up to $5 billion in damage to broccoli, cabbage and other cole crops each year, particularly in areas where they can survive over winter due to mild temperatures.

Scientists at Oxitec, a British biotech company, have inserted a gene into the moth that kills female larvae.

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