Alphabet’s Verily finds success in wiping out mosquitoes

Alphabet’s Verily finds success in wiping out mosquitoes

An experimental program led by Google’s parent company Alphabet to wipe out disease-causing mosquitoes has succeeded in nearly eliminating them from three test sites in California. Since 2017, Alphabet’s Verily has released lab-bred male mosquitoes, infected with bacterium Wolbachia, during mosquito season. When the infected males mate with females in the wild, the offspring never hatch.

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I am concerned about the implications of this overall. Also that a megacorporation can do it apparently without oversight or constraints on their actions. There is some appeal to addressing specific species that carry particularly virulent diseases. That seems better that the more toxic and broad mosquito eradication done in other ways -- such as helicopter spraying of communities with insecticide to stop West Nile. But the implications that anyone with massive resources (Alphabet, Bill Gates or the government) can just decide to do this sort of thing is frightening.

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