Mos­quito-borne poi­son

Bloomberg Businessweek (Europe) - - GLOBAL ECONOMICS -

Male mos­qui­toes, dusted with a lar­vae-killing sub­stance that’s harm­less to the in­sects, spread the poi­son to breed­ing ar­eas. The tech­nique is un­der­go­ing field tests in Cal­i­for­nia.

Ad­van­tages

It’s sim­pler than ra­di­a­tion and ge­netic mod­i­fi­ca­tion.

Draw­backs

No fa­cil­i­ties ex­ist in Zika-af­fected ar­eas. Mos­qui­toes may also de­velop re­sis­tance to the poi­son.

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