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GMWatch | Scientific study drawing attention to the risks of GM mosquitoes comes under attack , 14 Oct
A recent journal article about GM mosquitoes has caused quite a stir. It showed that some of the male mosquitoes that Oxitec Ltd released experimentally in Brazil had successfully interbred with the local mosquito population, and that their hybrid offspring were now spreading and propagating beyond the release area. This despite Oxitec claiming its mosquitoes had a lethal gene that made them "self-limiting".
But this time there's a difference because the attacks by Oxitec, the company behind the GM mosquitoes, have since been joined by one of the paper's co-authors, biochemist Margareth Capurro from the University of São Paulo in Brazil. Indeed, according to an article for Science, Dissent splits authors of provocative transgenic mosquito study, Capurro isn't just complaining about the paper - she and "several co-authors have reportedly requested that it be retracted".

So who are the paper's authors and why are they apparently at war with each other? The study was conducted by a Yale University team led by population geneticist Jeffrey Powell, who collaborated with Brazilian researchers to collect and analyze DNA from mosquitoes before, during, and after the release of Oxitec's GM mosquitoes. Powell's collaborators included Capurro and colleagues at the University of São Paulo in Brazil, and these appear to be the authors demanding the retraction.

NY Yella Cake intervenes for the boys from, coincidentally of course, today.

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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Oct 18th, 2019 at 12:31:50 AM EST
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