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  Posting date: July 20, 2018
Failure of Oxitec’s GM Mosquito Field Trials in the Cayman Islands
Documents and correspondence released under Freedom of Information requests appear to show that the controversial release of genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in the Cayman Islands is a failed project.
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  Posting date: April 17, 2018
Insufficient Evidence to Support GM Mosquitoes as a Viable Tool to Control Mosquito-Borne Diseases
The lack of studies and reliable information impair the feasibility of using genetically modified mosquitoes in real-world conditions to control the spread of mosquito-borne diseases.
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  Posting date: March 27, 2018
Cayman Government Cancels Nationwide Roll-out of GM Mosquito Programme
The Cayman Islands government has reportedly cancelled a national roll-out of the genetically modified mosquito project by Oxitec amid budget cuts and concerns that the technology has yet to fully prove itself.
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  Posting date: February 12, 2018
No Benefit to Imminent Release of Risky GM Mosquitoes in Burkina Faso
GM “male-sterile” mosquitoes are due to be released in Burkina Faso this year by Target Malaria, despite the admission that there are no benefits of this release for malaria control.
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  Posting date: October 02, 2017
GM Mosquito Releases in the Caymans Risky and Ineffective
New information shows that the releases of GM mosquitoes in the Cayman Islands by Oxitec are risky and ineffective in their bid to suppress wild populations of disease-bearing mosquitoes and should be halted pending further investigation.
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  Posting date: August 04, 2017
USDA Approves First Trials of GE Diamondback Moths, Avoids Full Environmental Impact Statement
In the face of the USDA's approval of the first open-air trials of GE diamondback moth in upstate New York, civil society is calling for a halt to the trials, citing the lack of a full environmental impact assessment and public hearings.
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  Posting date: August 03, 2017
Animal Feed Vitamin Supplement Contaminated by Illegal GE Bacteria
A strain of illegal GE bacteria was found in riboflavin vitamin supplements imported from China to Germany for animal feed use, highlighting the need for a database of detection methodologies for all GMOs used, both in contained use and field trials.
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  Posting date: March 16, 2017
Questioning the Expansion of GM Mosquito Releases in the Cayman Islands
Plans to expand releases of GM mosquitoes in the Cayman Islands in 2017 raise important questions about cost-effectiveness, scientific protocols, risk assessment and public consent.
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  Posting date: February 06, 2017
The Risks GM Insects Will Impose on Organic Farmers
A study has examined the potential intended and unintended impacts of the mass release of GM insects on organic farmers, finding that this is likely to impose uncertainty on individual farmers and the agricultural industry as a whole.
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  Posting date: January 20, 2017
Assessing the Risks of GM Crops to Soil Microorganisms
This review discusses the factors that should be considered in the assessment of the risks of GM plants to soil microorganisms, the limitations of current research methods, and the prospects for better biosafety assessment.
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