What If We Killed All the Mosquitoes?

With the Zika virus in the news, some people have wondered why we don’t just kill them ALL.

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History of War against Mosquitoes/DDT

Ecological Impacts

Zika Mosquito

RNA Molecular Pesticide (killing)

Transgenic Male Mosquitoes — self-limiting gene, kills offspring (killing)

Transgenic Mosquitoes — gene drive, Anopheles (resistance to parasite)

Wolbachia — bacteria infection, Aedes (resistance to virus)

Wolbachia Parasite Superinfection — preventing potential viral resistance


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