Brace yourself from the deliberate mosquito swarm in Fresno, California! Read more here
Source : NewsBharatiDate : 08-Sep-2017
California, 8 September: We all dread mosquito bites and it’s a nightmare for those who conceive fever from it. What if swarms of mosquitoes enter in your house? That’s scary, right? Well, it’s going to be a reality, but for a good reason. Verily, the life sciences arm of Google’s parent company Alphabet, plans to release 20 million mosquitoes in Fresno this summer, in a bid to stamp out one of the most troublesome species – the aedes aegypti.
The decision is not a risky one as it is for the betterment of the people as aedes aegypti carries diseases like Zika, dengue and chikungunya which spread massively my mosquito bites. Hundreds and thousands of people die succumbing to the dengue and malaria. In a bid to stop this mass spillage of diseases, the project called Debug will be executed where in millions of mosquitoes treated with a bacteria called wolbachia will the make the male ones sterile.
Now, the brilliant catch here is that the mating process with the wild female mosquitoes will produce no offspring. Eggs will be produced but nothing will eventually come out of it. Verily’s technique doesn’t involve chemicals, toxins or genetic modification. “Over time, there will be fewer and fewer bad mosquitoes,” says Debug. Verily has partnered with MosquitoMate and Fresno County’s Consolidated Mosquito Abatement District (CMAD) to release the mosquitoes in two neighbourhoods, each approximately 300 acres in size.
Though the prospect of an invasion of bacteria-infested mosquitoes may sound absurd and non-sensical, scientists are confirmed on the other hand that this action is very safe. Wolbachia is a natural bacterium present in up to 60% of all the different species of insects around us, including some mosquitoes. And it is harmless to humans.
Debug is doing a great job as they’re not trying to fire out the mosquito population; in fact they’re very smartly spreading wolbachia into the wild mosquito populations to reduce the ability of these mosquitoes to transmit diseases. It’s a great initiative but would take time to reduce the fear amongst masses regarding mosquito bites.