Google’s Verily will release 20 million Wolbachia-carrying mosquitoes in California

http://www.inquisitr.com/4379517/googles-verily-set-to-release-20-million-bacteria-carrying-mosquitoes-in-california-for-a-special-project/

The life sciences arm of Google’s parent company will release 20 million Wolbachia-carrying mosquitoes in California over the next 20 weeks in a bid to decimate harmful mosquito populations.

Verily will release the insects in two Fresno neighborhoods for its Debug Project. Google’s parent company, Alphabet, specifically built a robot that produces up to a million of sterile mosquitoes every week.

Since only female mosquitoes are capable of biting humans, the ones involved in the project are males. They carry the Wolbachia bacteria which allow the males to fly around and mate with females like normal mosquitoes. However, the eggs produced by the females won’t hatch. If the experiment is successful, it can dramatically reduce the presence of mosquitoes.

Scientists have long known that Wolbachia can make certain mosquito populations sterile. They hope that the project can significantly contribute to curbing deadly diseases like dengue, malaria, and Zika.

The Fresno experiment is specifically targeting the aggressive Aedes aegypti mosquitoes which are potential carriers of dengue, Zika, and chikungunya viruses. Scientists will flood the neighborhoods with the Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes. The female mosquitoes living in the area will most likely mate with the infected males.

If the cycle continues, there’s a possibility to eliminate the invasive Aedes species in the areas covered by the project. Apart from Verily’s scientists, biotech corporation MosquitoMate and Fresno County’s own Consolidated Mosquito Abatement District are helping the initiative.

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google now does mosquitos as well?

“Google’s parent company will release 20 million Wolbachia-carrying mosquitoes in California over the next 20 weeks in a bid to decimate harmful mosquito populations.”

isnt that government work?

do they really know what the end result will be from this?

“Alphabet, specifically built a robot that produces up to a million of sterile mosquitoes every week.”

wtf..

401

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~ by seeker401 on July 25, 2017.

2 Responses to “Google’s Verily will release 20 million Wolbachia-carrying mosquitoes in California”

  1. Maybe the mozzies have other functions.. maybe they are actually nano devices?

  2. 12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

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