Mozzie Massacre

Deploying a decades-old technique, Queensland, Australia researchers successfully wiped out 80% of disease-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquitoes—one of the world’s most dangerous pests. The trial’s success shows a promising potential solution in the global fight against mosquito-borne diseases carried by the species, such as Zika and dengue.

Researchers from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization and James Cook University infected 20 million Aedes aegypti mosquitoes with a bacteria that made them sterile. They then released the mozzies into the wild. When they mated with females, the eggs produced failed to hatch.


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