Tag Archive: Target Malaria

Press Release: No benefit to imminent release of risky GM mosquitoes in Burkina Faso

Anopheles gambiae mosquito By James D. Gathany - The Public Health Image Library , ID#444, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=198377

Anopheles gambiae mosquito By James D. Gathany – The Public Health Image Library, ID#444, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=198377

Genetically modified (GM) “male-sterile” mosquitoes are due to be released in Burkina Faso this year by the Target Malaria research consortium. However, Target Malaria acknowledges that there are no benefits to the proposed GM mosquito release.

The project is set to apply for a permit to make an open release of 10,000 GM Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes: most likely in the village of Bana, west of Bobo Dioulasso.

The GM mosquitoes were exported from Imperial College in London to Burkina Faso in November 2016 and are currently in “contained use” facilities.

 

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Briefing Paper: GM Mosquitoes in Burkina Faso

Anopheles gambiae mosquito By James D. Gathany - The Public Health Image Library , ID#444, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=198377

Anopheles gambiae mosquito By James D. Gathany – The Public Health Image Library, ID#444, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=198377

In this briefing paper ACB, TWN and GeneWatch UK discuss that genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes were exported from Imperial College in London to Burkina Faso in November 2016. They are currently in “contained use” facilities in Bobo-Dioulasso, and are being used in experiments by a research consortium called Target Malaria. However, these GM mosquitoes are due to be released by Target Malaria in Burkina Faso in 2018.

 

For the briefing paper in English please click here

For the briefing paper in French please click here