Sterile Mosquitoes Released in Guangzhou to Fight Dengue Fever

Sterile Mosquitoes Released in Guangzhou to Fight Dengue Fever

This spring, a team of scientists released over 500,000 mosquitoes on an island in Guangzhou. Releasing the mosquitos, which were treated with a vaccine to make them sterile, was a move designed to counteract the threat of a Dengue Fever epidemic. Last year there were over 47,000 cases of the illness in China, making it the worst of the last 20 years. Some netizens were happy to hear the news, saying “Whoever can make mosquitoes disappear from the face of the earth will be famous for all eternity.” while others were concerned commenting “I’m a little worried, if there are less mosquitoes, what will happen to the animals that eat mosquitoes? Can doing this mess up the ecological chain?”.

Source: Tencent

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  • mr.wiener

    This should be interesting…

  • Amused

    Sure mosquitoes are annoying, but you’d have to be retarded to want them extinct. Not seeing how 500k of them is going to be much more than a drop in a bucket too.

  • Jahar

    Just out of curiosity, can someone explain what effect sterile mosquitoes are going to have? They can’t breed with the others, so what am I missing?

  • http://weibo.com/u/5616302093/home?leftnav=1 Super Bunny!

    should kill fly first!
    i hate fly most!
    even bought fly catcher marchine for my parents!

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