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Google, Microsoft's new mission: How to kill disease-carrying mosquitoes

Majority of Zika cases reported in US so far are from travellers who contracted the virus elsewhere

Disease-carrying Mosquitoes


American technology companies are bringing automation and robotics to the age-old task of battling mosquitoes in a bid to halt the spread of Zika and other mosquito-borne maladies worldwide. Firms including Microsoft Corp and California life sciences company Verily are forming partnerships with public health officials in several US states to test new high-tech tools. In Texas, Microsoft is testing a smart trap to isolate and capture Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, known Zika carriers, for study by entomologists to give them a jump on predicting outbreaks. Verily, Alphabet’s ...

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First Published: Thu, July 13 2017. 09:17 IST