Genetically modified (GM) insects can be used alongside other approaches to mitigate insects doing economic and social harm by transmitting diseases to humans and livestock, and damaging crops.
This working breakfast was for MPs, Peers and their staff to discuss the science and resulting policy issues relating to the subject of controlling disease with GM insects in an intimate and informal session. Eight experts spoke on the subject before answering questions. A summary of the discussion is available here.
The experts were:
- Professor Andrea Crisanti, Professor of Molecular Parasitology, Division of Cell and Molecular Biology, Imperial College London, UK
- Professor Luke Alphey, Head of Arthropod Genetics Group, The Pirbright Institute, Surrey, UK
- Professor John Pickett, Rothamsted Research, Hertfordshire, UK
- Professor Paulo Paes Andrade, Department of Genetics, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil
- Professor John Mumford, Professor of Natural Resource Management, Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial college London UK
- Dr John Marshall, Medical Research Council Research Fellow, Faculty of Medicine, School of Public Health, Imperial College London, UK (Future role at University of California, Berkeley).
- Professor Mike Bonsall, Professor of Mathematical Biology, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, UK
- Professor Andrew Stirling, Professor of Science and Technology Policy Research Unit, The Sussex Energy Group, School of Business, Management and Economics, University of Sussex, UK
There was also a public event run at the Charles Darwin House in the evening on the 10th February. Click here for more details about the public event.