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“Little data exist on the type and extent of outreach required or community support needed to reduce opposition”
Quite so. There’s a lot of chatter about how we have to use our shared values in discussions. But we think we share the values–reducing disease and suffering, reducing pesticide use, less harm to non-target species, etc. But when you try to share your values, the opponents of the tech don’t show up. Or they show up for the public meeting, read their statement, and refuse to stay for discussion.
What can you do? And sure, it’s a small group. But obviously the loudness of their shouting works.
I look forward to people researching what works on complete obstinance and denial of facts. We’re gonna need that on many fronts.
Mary, anyone reading only this story would have a very distorted view of the situation. There were two non-binding referenda about the GMO mosquitoes. There was a county-wide referendum in which 40000 voters preferred releasing the GMO mosquitoes by about 56%. There was also a vote on the identical question in one precinct, in which the 600 voters in that precinct were against the release by about 2 to 1.
What does this mean? Oxitec is wholly owned by the company Intrexon. It’s closing price on election day was about 24.50 per share. Since then it has jumped to 31.30 – and there is no other news to explain the move except the Florida referendum results.
Well there was actually a little bit more news than just the mosquito vote results. There were positive trial results from a cancer treatment partner ZIOP showing good survival rates in glioblastoma patients and positive mucositis results from OGEN, another collaboration.
XON is a multi sector disruptor with its synthetic biology platform. Become familiar with it is going to be a household name soon.
Well there was some additional positive news in clinical trial results from partner ZIOP re: glioblastoma patients survival as well as mucositis advances in clinical trials with collaborator OGEN. XON is a multi sector disruptor which will soon be a household name.