Hadyn Parry: Re-engineering mosquitos to fight disease

January 4, 2013 by  
Filed under Sci-Tech, World

In a single year, there are 200-300 million cases of malaria and 50-100 million cases of dengue fever worldwide. So: Why haven’t we found a way to effectively kill mosquitoes yet? Hadyn Parry presents a fascinating solution: genetically engineering male mosquitoes to make them sterile, and releasing the insects into the wild, to cut down on disease-carrying species.

Hadyn Parry: Re-engineering mosquitos to fight disease

 

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2 Responses to “Hadyn Parry: Re-engineering mosquitos to fight disease”
  1. Dr.No. says:

    From his TED profile page
    http://www.ted.com/speakers/hadyn_parry.html
    “We have reached a moment of truth,” says biotech entrepreneur Hadyn Parry. He believes it’s a pivotal time for the science industry and it’s the moment for the public to wake up and rethink its position on GM technologies and trials. Parry, who is the CEO of Oxitec, a biotech company devoted to innovative insect control, believes the debate over GM crops and animals has become too political, and people are not stopping to evaluate the technologies’ true promises and efficacies. In his eyes, GM can be used responsibly for important goals, like the control of extremely harmful diseases like dengue fever.

  2. Dr.No. says:

    from his company website
    http://www.oxitec.com/who-we-are/our-team/

    Hadyn has an extensive background in the Life Science sector. During his fifteen-year career at Zeneca/Syngenta he held various positions, including General Manager of Zeneca Plant Sciences and European Director and Global Head of R&D for Advanta, one of the world’s largest seed companies. More recently he was CEO of MNL Pharmaceuticals, a company that was focused on pioneering a novel approach in immunology. Hadyn is also Chairman of Help For Heroes, a charity founded in 2007 to support wounded British soldiers.

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