U.K.-based Oxitec develops new fruit-fly sterility tools

06/3/2013 | Fresh Fruit Portal (Chile)

Scientists at U.K.-based Oxitec say they've developed a new fruit-fly sterilization technique that promises to help overcome two key challenges -- difficulties in guaranteeing male-only insects and the damaging effects of irradiation. "We have developed a genetic means of producing large numbers of male-only fruit flies, and also a form of genetic sterility which allows us to avoid the irradiation process," said scientist Neil Morrison.

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