UK House of Lords approves trials with GM mosquitoes to fight insect-borne diseases

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The House of Lords, the upper house of the UK Parliament, recommended the use of genetically modified insects, including the mosquito, to tackle insect borne diseases.

In a report published on 17 December 2015, in its first report for 2015-16, the House of Lords said that “the potential of GM insect technologies, should not be over-stated” while also acknowledging that “the technologies do not represent a panacea” and should therefore be considered as part of a holistic approach to control insect borne diseases while also reducing agricultural pests.

While local trials in the Cayman Islands have been halted pending a hearing by the local courts, scheduled to take place on Tuesday, 19 July, the House of Lords recommended the pursuit of such trial tests which they say should be the catalyst for a public engagement exercise. The report added, “It is imperative that the public is given the opportunity to understand the development of GM insect technologies in a transparent way so that the polarised debate which has enveloped GM crop technologies is avoided.”

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