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20 million mosquitoes to hit Fresno; that's a good thing, really

Male mosquitoes don't bite, so Fresno residents won't be spending summer itching more than normal

Caroline Chen | Bloomberg 

A giant technology company will release up to 20 million bacteria-filled, buzzing mosquitoes this summer in Fresno, California. That’s supposed to be a good thing. The bug campaign, which starts Friday, is part of a plan by Alphabet’s Verily Life Sciences unit. Reared by machines, the male mosquitoes are infected with a bacteria that, while harmless to humans, creates nonhatching dead eggs when they mate with wild females — hopefully cutting the mosquito population and the transmission of the diseases they carry. The swarm’s target is Aedes aegypti, a ...

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First Published: Sun, July 16 2017. 01:41 IST