How China plans on a mosquito genocide with bacteria and how genetic editing isn’t what it promised to be
While getting a mosquito bite is annoying, the tiny animal
also takes the crown of the deadliest animal on earth, claiming around 725,000
lives per year. A team of scientists in China took on the job to battle the
mosquito problem with an unusual approach, building a mosquito factory.
Instead of targeting existing mosquitos, the scientists
decided to sabotage the reproductive system of the insect. The factory breeds
20 million male mosquitoes infected by the Wolbachia bacteria per week.