Controlling Dengue fever with a new approach to generate sterilised mosquitoes, as long as no vaccine is available

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Dengue is a potentially fatal disease spread by infected female mosquitoes of the Aedes aegypti species. Bed nets are of little use because this species of mosquito also bites during the day. With no vaccine and more than 2.5 billion people worldwide at risk of infection, new methods to prevent the spread of this debilitating disease are urgently needed.

In this short film, hear how Oxford-based firm Oxitec are pioneering a molecular biology approach to generate genetically sterilized mosquitoes as a means of preventing the spread of Dengue infection. The team has received a Translation Award to support controlled open field trials of their technology in Malaysia.

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