This sounds like something out a disaster movie but trust us, it’s real.
Google’s parent company Alphabet, Verily have hatched a plan to release 20 million bacteria affected mosquitoes in Fresno, California.
The plan is to hopefully have the new mosquitoes kill the current mosquitoes in the area, which carry deadly diseases like Zika and the West Nile Virus.
The operation has been named ‘debug Fresno’ and Verily have said the aim is“to reduce the devastating global health impact that disease-carrying mosquitoes inflict on people around the world.”
Part of the plan is a futuristic robot which can create up to 150,000 bacteria-ridden mosquitoes a week.
RT have reported:
“It plans to release 1 million infected mosquitoes every week for 20 weeks over the summer in an attempt to decrease the wild mosquito population in two 300 acre neighborhoods in the Fresno area.”
The plan will hopefully succeed by making the deadly male mosquitoes sterile by infecting them with a bug called “Wolbachia pipientis”, meaning the eggs that they breed with the females will never come to fruition.
Although this plan seems futuristic, a similar one was carried out in the 1950’s, where the Serratia marcescens bacteria was sprayed, and while it was claimed that it was harmless, there have been some links to human infertility.
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