The Pan-African Mosquito Control Association (PAMCA) and its Women in Vector Control (WIVC) programme are now receiving applications for the new award themed Recognition of Excellence of Women in Vector Control 2021. Early-, mid- and expert career women who are actively engaged in vector-borne diseases control initiatives in Africa are welcome to apply by July 10.

The awards will be conferred during the Virtual PAMCA Annual Conference & Exhibition on September 20-22.

If you could not join the second panel of the Gene Drive Webinar Series, you can still watch the discussion here!

In this second session, experts from Island Conservation, CSIRO, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research and the Biological Heritage National Science Challenge evaluated the impact of invasive alien species (IAS) on biodiversity, the limitations of current IAS management tools and the potential of gene drive approaches to address these challenges.

The Novel and Exceptional Technology and Research Advisory Committee (NExTRAC) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will hold a virtual meeting on June 25 to present and deliberate on their report about gene drive application for disease control. The report aims to assess whether existing biosafety guidance is adequate for contained laboratory research utilizing gene drive technology and to outline conditions, if any, under which NIH could consider supporting field release of gene drive modified organisms.

Join the second webinar of the Gene Drive Webinar Series on June 24 to discover how gene drive could help us address global conservation challenges! Experts from Island Conservation, CSIRO, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research and the Biological Heritage National Science Challenge will discuss gene drive applications for invasive species control, the usefulness and limitations of gene drive approaches for conservation purposes and more. Register now!

The government of New South Wales, Australia, has announced a US$50 million package for pest control, focusing especially on mice. Approximately US$1.8 million of this investment will go to genetic control tools, including gene drive research.

Paul Thomas, University of Adelaide, explains that scientists are currently researching two gene drives approaches that could potentially cause the mouse population to crash over time. The first approach would affect female fertility, while the so-called “X-shredder" approach would eliminate the sperm carrying the X chromosome, thus leading to the production of more male than female offspring.