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Table 3 Scientists’ recommendations for releasing genetically modified mosquitoes in Nigeria

From: Perceptions and recommendations by scientists for a potential release of genetically modified mosquitoes in Nigeria

Scientists’ recommendations/requirements Very important Moderately important Not important Not sure
1. Evidence of contingency measures available to remove the GM mosquitoes if a hazard becomes evident during the course of release 81.7 11.0 1.8 2.4
2. Education campaigns on how GM mosquitoes reduce malaria 78.0 13.4 4.3 2.4
3. A confirmed trial in a community in Nigeria 76.8 10.4 5.5 3.0
4. Scientific evidence that it is possible to reduce malaria using GM mosquitoes 70.7 20.1 4.3 3.0
5. Mosquitoes to be modified captured from our environment 65.2 25.6 4.3 3.7
6. Approval from Nigerian government 65.9 24.4 5.5 1.8
7. Dialogue between Nigerian government, general public and scientists who modify mosquitoes 62.2 22.6 7.3 5.5
8. Evidence from a trial in another African country 62.2 22.6 7.3 5.5
9. Approval from a majority of the Nigerian public 55.5 26.8 15.2 1.2
10. Bed nets provided 51.8 25.0 15.2 5.5