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To Help Reduce Mosquito Population, Scientists Are Unleashing 20 Million Of Them

To Help Reduce Mosquito Population, Scientists Are Unleashing 20 Million Of Them

The mosquito was located by officials in Dane County, marking the first time Aedes albopictus, also known as the Asian tiger mosquito, has been seen in the state.

Twenty million doctored mosquitoes are to be released in California over the next 20 weeks by a company owned by Google's parent company in a bid to kill off a disease-carrying cousin. They're targeting the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes - a species which can carry Zika, dengue, and chikungunya - and have been pestering California's Central Valley since 2013.

More from The Verge:Why is Comcast using self-driving cars to justify abolishing net neutrality? While the mosquito project, called Debug, will not generate revenue in the near-term, it's a chance for Verily to show off its technical prowess in the health-care field.

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Meanwhile, MosquitoMate has already been using a similar process of breeding sterile male mosquitos to kill unsafe breeds such as the Asian Tiger mosquito, who are invasive to the US. The effort will ramp up to the full 1 million mosquito capacity over the next week, Kathleen Parkes, a Verily spokesperson, told The Verge in an email.

Verily's mosquitoes are not genetically modified. If the sterile males can outcompete the wild ones long enough, eventually, no more mosquitoes. Workers who are exposed on the job to mosquitoes or the blood or other body fluids of infected individuals may be at risk for occupationally acquired Zika virus infection. A bonus: Male mosquitoes do not bite, so Fresno residents will not spending the summer itching more than normal.

When the sterile male mosquitoes mate with wild females, the resulting eggs won't hatch. The Environmental Protection Agency determined that this pilot experiment wasn't particularly risky to anyone who wasn't a mosquito bent on reproduction.


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