Ma­chine-bred bug army


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Aedes ae­gypti mos­qui­toes can in­fect hu­mans with dis­eases from chikun­gunya to Zika. De­bug seeks to stop them by re­leas­ing a small army of bac­te­ria-in­fested A. ae­gypti. When the male skeeters, raised by De­bug’s au­to­mated sys­tem, mate with wild fe­males, the re­sult­ing eggs won’t hatch, re­duc­ing the mos­quito pop­u­la­tion. We’ll see if it works: De­bug is re­leas­ing 20 mil­lion of the lit­tle guys near Fresno, Cal­i­for­nia.

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