Jul. 21, 2017 Mosquitoes Gone Wild In Fresno

On Jul. 21, 2017 Google’s holding company Alphabet has a subsidiary named Verily with a project called Debug Fresno. The plan is to release millions of sterile male mosquitoes bred and infected with Wolbachia, which will then mate with wild female mosquitoes. The eggs the females lay won’t hatch, researchers say. “Scientists say the goal is to cut the population of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes — the species responsible for spreading Zika, dengue and chikungunya. A. aegypti have been present in California’s Central Valley since 2013 and have been a problem in Fresno County.”

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