Google to release 20 million infected mosquitoes in Fresno

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https://techcrunch.com/2017/07/14/googles-life-sciences-unit-is-releasing-20-million-bacteria-infected-mosquitoes-in-fresno/

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Verily, the life science’s arm of Google’s parent company Alphabet, has hatched a plan to release about 20 million lab-made, bacteria-infected mosquitoes upon Fresno, California — and that’s a good thing!

You see, the Zika-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquito is prevalent in the area. Earlier this year, a woman contracted the first confirmed case of Zika in Fresno through sexual contact with a partner who had been traveling. Now there’s the fear of most likely inevitable mosquito-meets-patient if we don’t do something about it. Verily’s plan, called the Debug Project, hopes to now wipe out this potential Zika-carrying mosquito population to prevent further infections.

Could messing with the mosquito population have some unforeseen disastrous consequences? Not likely. This particular mosquito species entered the area in 2013.

So what’s the plan to get rid of them? Verily’s male mosquitoes were infected with the Wolbachia bacteria, which is harmless to humans, but when they mate with and infect their female counterparts, it makes their eggs unable to produce offspring.

Bonus, male mosquitoes don’t bite, so Fresno residents won’t have to worry about itching more than they usually would.

No word from the company on how much something like this will cost, but Linus Upson, an engineer on the team releasing the mosquitoes, told MIT Technology Review the company planned to do something similar in Australia next.

“We want to show this can work in different kinds of environments,” he told the magazine.

Verily plans to release about 1 million mosquitoes a week over a 20-week period in two 300-acre neighborhoods in the Fresno area — the largest U.S. release to date of mosquitoes infected with the Wolbachia bacteria.

Those in the Fancher Creek neighborhood may notice a Verily van releasing healthy swarms of the little bugs throughout its streets starting today.

I get that this is well-intentioned, but I'm not sure I like Google fucking with the ecosystem.


 
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Well... it's a new to the area species of mosquito so we're not really fucking with shit in a bad way but trying to revert it. Provided that this mosquito breed didn't displace all the others in the time of it's presence, this shouldn't be too bad. If it did though, goodbye several bird populations.


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Well... it's a new to the area species of mosquito so we're not really fucking with shit in a bad way but trying to revert it. Provided that this mosquito breed didn't displace all the others in the time of it's presence, this shouldn't be too bad. If it did though, goodbye several bird populations.
Fuck birds, let's get rid of mosquitoes.


 
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Well... it's a new to the area species of mosquito so we're not really fucking with shit in a bad way but trying to revert it. Provided that this mosquito breed didn't displace all the others in the time of it's presence, this shouldn't be too bad. If it did though, goodbye several bird populations.
Fuck birds, let's get rid of mosquitoes.
It made legit problems for Virginia the last time they tried to totally eradicate the mosquito population.


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Well... it's a new to the area species of mosquito so we're not really fucking with shit in a bad way but trying to revert it. Provided that this mosquito breed didn't displace all the others in the time of it's presence, this shouldn't be too bad. If it did though, goodbye several bird populations.
Fuck birds, let's get rid of mosquitoes.
Birds will start eating crops if there's no mosquitoes to eat.


 
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Well... it's a new to the area species of mosquito so we're not really fucking with shit in a bad way but trying to revert it. Provided that this mosquito breed didn't displace all the others in the time of it's presence, this shouldn't be too bad. If it did though, goodbye several bird populations.
Fuck birds, let's get rid of mosquitoes.
It made legit problems for Virginia the last time they tried to totally eradicate the mosquito population.
Hey I live in that state. What problems did it end up having?


 
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Goodness gracious, great balls of lightning!
Drop a nuke on Fresno instead


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Just rid of them altogether how about it


 
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Well... it's a new to the area species of mosquito so we're not really fucking with shit in a bad way but trying to revert it. Provided that this mosquito breed didn't displace all the others in the time of it's presence, this shouldn't be too bad. If it did though, goodbye several bird populations.
Fuck birds, let's get rid of mosquitoes.
It made legit problems for Virginia the last time they tried to totally eradicate the mosquito population.
Hey I live in that state. What problems did it end up having?
Well, serious for those who care about bird populations and their usual migratory habits.
Or the birds themselves. There was a big exodus of owls from the north east of the state back in 90's that took till the mid 2000's to somewhat fix due to overzealous mosquito controll.


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