DailyDirt: Kill All The Mosquitoes

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Mosquitoes are a serious pest. They spread terrible diseases like malaria and dengue fever, and they're just generally annoying to people. So it's no surprise that quite a few methods have been developed to kill them off in significant numbers, if not entirely. There are actually thousands of different kinds of mosquitoes, and some of them are completely harmless to humans. But if we could target just the ones that spread diseases, we could prevent an enormous amount of death and suffering. Is it really safe to drive mosquitoes to extinction? Here are just a few ways we're trying to do it (regardless of whether we should). If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

Filed Under: ddt, diseases, extinction, gmo, health, lasers, medicine, mosquitoes, nathan myhrvold, pesticides


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    Mason Wheeler, 1 Apr 2014 @ 7:12pm

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    It was actually starting to become ineffective back before it was ever banned.

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