The World Health Organisation (WHO) released its position paper on genetically modified mosquitoes for vector control. The publication offers a supportive view of the need for novel tools and research in this area, recognising the potential contribution of genetically modified mosquitoes.
The organisation also stressed the need for research to proceed step by step and with great care, not only for environmental and human health safety, but also with regards to ethical considerations. John Reeder, Director of WHO Research for Health Department, made it clear in his presentation that the organisation does not support a moratorium in this field.
WHO also launched its guidance on ethics & vector-borne diseases, which draws extensively from previous key reports. The publication lays out fundamental considerations for researchers, policymakers and other stakeholders, and reaffirms the importance of ethical considerations and community engagement.