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Pilot project decimates invasive mosquito populations

Scientists at James Cook University and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, in partnership with Verily Life Sciences, eliminated more than 80% of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes at test sites in Queensland, Australia. The scientists infected male mosquitoes, which are not disease vectors, with a bacterium that causes sterility and released 3 million of the insects at three test sites, where populations of the invasive mosquito subsequently crashed.

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