Mos­quito ster­il­i­sa­tion plan faces tests

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THE UN said it was pre­par­ing to test a ster­il­i­sa­tion tech­nique tar­get­ing mosquitoes that could help rein in the spread of a range of dev­as­tat­ing dis­eases such as dengue and zika. A form of in­sect “birth con­trol”, called Ster­ile In­sect Tech­nique, has been used for decades to con­trol crop-killing pests like fruit flies and moths.

Now it is be­ing eval­u­ated in a species of mos­quito as a po­ten­tial key tool in halt­ing the spread of hu­man dis­eases.

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