Triangle Global Health Consortium Monthly Breakfast Discussion

Triangle Global Health Consortium Breakfast Discussion
Can Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes Suppress Malaria and Dengue?
February 24, 2011 from 7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.
North Carolina Biotechnology Center, Congressional Conference Room

Call-in option: Toll free dial-in number: 1-800-848-2116, access code 27705#

Facilitator: Fred Gould, Ph.D., William Neal Reynolds Professor of Agriculture at North Carolina State University.

Points of Discussion:
The first open field trial of a genetically engineered mosquito for dengue suppression was carried out in 2010.  The results were at least partially promising.  We will discuss both the biological and social issues surrounding future developments in this area of research and application.

  • What are the major risks related to this general strategy?
  • Would it be better to focus on genetic approaches aimed at replacing vetoring mosquito strains with engineered, non-vectorining strains, or to use mosquito strains engineered to suppress or eradicate local mosquito populations?
  • How do various mosquito engineering approaches fit in with the Cartagena protocol on biodiversity?
  • What are the implementation chanllenges associated with various engineered strains?

The TGHC breakfast forums are scheduled to occur on the fourth Thursday of each month except for November and December, when they occur on the third Thursday of the month.

Please RSVP by the close-of-business Thursday, February 17 via the following link. Their is no cost to attend this event. TGHC will cover expenses.