Suppression or elimination of vector populations is a tried and
tested method for reducing vector borne disease and a key component
of integrated control programmes. Genetic methods have the
potential to provide new and improved methods for vector control.
The required genetic technology is simpler than that required for
strategies based on population replacement and is likely to be
available earlier. In particular genetic methods that enhance the
sterile insect technique (eg RIDL (TM)) are already available for