What If We Killed All the Mosquitoes? – Sci Show

With the Zika virus in the news, some people have wondered why we don’t just kill them ALL.

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Sources:
History of War against Mosquitoes/DDT
http://www.nature.com/news/2010/10072… 
http://www.panna.org/resources/ddt-story 
http://www.scientificamerican.com/art… 

Ecological Impacts
http://www.nature.com/news/2010/10072… 
http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.or… 
http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/poll… 

Zika Mosquito
http://www.cdc.gov/zika/transmission/… 
http://www.paho.org/hq/index.php?opti… 

RNA Molecular Pesticide (killing)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18… 

Transgenic Male Mosquitoes — self-limiting gene, kills offspring (killing) 
http://journals.plos.org/plosntds/art… 
http://journals.plos.org/plosntds/art…
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-sci…
http://www.oxitec.com/faqs/ 

Transgenic Mosquitoes — gene drive, Anopheles (resistance to parasite) 
http://www.pnas.org/content/112/49/E6736
http://www.latimes.com/science/scienc… 
http://www.nature.com/news/gene-drive…
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2015/1… 

Wolbachia — bacteria infection, Aedes (resistance to virus) 
http://www.scientificamerican.com/art…
http://www.eliminatedengue.com/our-re… 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23… 

Wolbachia Parasite Superinfection — preventing potential viral resistance http://www.eurekalert.org/emb_release…
https://www.plos.org/wp-content/uploa… 

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