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Zoology spin-out sold for $160M

Oxitec, a spin-out company from the Department of Zoology, is to be sold to a US corporation for $160M. This should enable the science initiated in this Department to have even greater global impact in tackling major mosquito-borne diseases and pest insects. Oxitec was founded in 2002 by Luke Alphey, then a Departmental Lecturer in Zoology - and now a Visiting Professor - and uses genetic modification to design sterile male insects for control of pests or disease vectors. The technology is already being applied to tackle dengue fever in the Cayman Islands, Brazil and Panama.

Cecil the lion

There has been enormous media coverage surrounding the hunting, possibly illegally, of a large male lion close to Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. The lions in Hwange are being studied by the Department of Zoology’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit in collaboration with the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority. The lion that was killed carried a radiotracking collar fitted by one of our research teams.

Congratulations to Kathy Willis

Who has been awarded the 2015 Michael Faraday Prize from the Royal Society for her excellent work in science communication

Dual foraging strategy in an ocean-wandering seabird

Using state-of-the-art bio-logging technologies, Oxford zoologists show how a pelagic seabird, the Manx shearwater, balances parental demands of feeding young with the need to maintain body condition, by using a dual strategy of alternating short (chick provisioning) and long (self maintenance) foraging trips to different areas of the Irish Sea."

http://jeb.biologists.org/content/218/13/2116.full.pdf+html

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