What !! Google kills mosquitoes too. Google helps us with almost everything in our day to day, and has reached a new frontier. Google’s crazy plan to kill mosquitoes around the world.
This is Covid-19 era but this is normal season for mosquitoes too which create periodic problems of many disease like malaria, dengue, Zika etc every year But don’t worry Google is thinking. So, here is very interesting story for you..
Verily (Google Life Sciences), which started out as Google’s science division, seeks to eliminate mosquito populations to end the diseases they spread. The project started in 2017 first.
Verily, Alphabet’s science and research division, has announced the success of three tests based on the elimination of mosquitoes that carry deadly diseases.
The difference is that many of these ailments are transmitted by methods that we cannot control, such as mosquito bites. Zika virus and dengue, for example, are more common in hot, humid areas where these invertebrates multiply easily.
How Google kills mosquitoes, Brief from start
In the Fresno, California area, there is a mosquito infestation. These little ones are hated by billions of people around the world because of their ability to transmit disease.
The project started in 2017, when Verily released no less than 20 million mosquitoes in the Fresno, California area in a controlled manner. Only the previous year had the Zika humanitarian crisis begun. Since then, Verily has continued to release mosquitoes, at the rate of 80,000 per day during periods of 2018.
This has been the spark that has made killing mosquitoes someone else’s mission: Google is planning to end these bugs and the diseases they transmit.
And unlike other animals of the style like ants, it seems that their eradication would not be too serious a problem for the planet.
Mosquitoes we say, Fresno County in California is living a real nightmare with these mosquitoes, urging its citizens not to leave their homes.
Strangely, these mosquitoes are part of an experiment by Alphabet herself to kill them in a very intelligent way.
Yes, it has been the same Alphabet that has launched these mosquitoes, but with a plan that seems to be working.
The Verily company, located more than 320 milometers in the south of San Francisco, raised these mosquitoes in very special conditions. In their high-tech complexes, mosquitoes were infected with a very common bacterium called Wolbachia.
Google kills mosquitoes in very intelligent way
These 80,000 mosquitoes infected with the bacteria mated with females, and the result was Machiavellian, the resulting offspring were not yet born. That is, the babies did not hatch.
This method of mosquito eradication seems to work. A company van using an algorithm is releasing in a calculated and precise way certain amounts of mosquitoes, each one having a laser and thus having them controlled.
Over six months, the company released more than 15 million mosquitoes. The 2017 results suggested that the mosquito population fell by two-thirds. This year, adjustments to the program have reduced the mosquito population by 95 percent. A second Verily project in Innisfail, Australia, concluded in June, 2019 that the mosquito population was reduced by 80 percent.
Many might think what would happen if mosquitoes were eradicated. There is no clear evidence about whether they are necessary on the planet or the impact their existence has.
In fact, several scientists assure that its extinction would not pose too much of a problem for the planet, to say the least. But Impact on biodiversity still not clear. Some scientist said Change will managed by nature which can be more harmful for humans.
This technique, as we can see, can kill large populations of mosquitoes, since by avoiding offspring the population is reduced and those present inevitably die, either by human action or by natural death.
It was Dobson’s lab that figured out how to infect mosquitoes with a different form of Wolbachia than the type of bacteria mosquitoes usually have. That is what makes eggs unfeasible, the change in bacteria. Mosquito Mate produces two species of mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia, A. aegypti and Aedes albopictus. Fresno became one of their test sites.
You may be wondering what is the point of releasing more mosquitoes to kill them. The key is that these are male, farm-raised mosquitoes infected with a Wolbachia bacterium , which, once they infect females, causes mosquito eggs to not hatch.
In addition, male mosquitoes of this nature are released because only the females bite.
Thus, the Fresno community in this case did not have to face hordes of mosquitoes infected with a bacterium and they were only going to infect the females, which do bite.
Verily has not clarified how much it costs to carry out the process of caring for and infecting such a large number of mosquitoes, so it cannot be confirmed today whether this technology will be used in other countries where this type of disease proliferates much more.
Usually only female mosquitoes bite, hence releasing as many male mosquitoes is not a problem for humans. And in theory, it means that over time there are fewer female mosquitoes capable of transmitting diseases.
Although there are many ways to deal with these diseases, there are none to end them completely. so at Verilythey have thought, why not eliminate those who carry these viruses and bacteria ?
In this way, the spread of the disease would be slowed or even eliminated.
Now the question is whether something similar is possible, and Verily has just shown the first indications that it is.
In a study published today in Nature , Verily has detailed the results of her mosquito suppression tests at three test sites in Central Valley, California, as they explain in Bloomberg .
The first tests, optimistic
Early evidence indicates that this theory may be true. Every night they set up traps to catch and study mosquitoes. and usually no female mosquitoes were found , or one at most.
On the other hand, in the control places, without infected specimens, very few female mosquitoes were captured for each trap.
Google’s technology has been tested with these experiments. for example, in automated methods to count mosquitoes and separate males from females.
In addition, they have also developed algorithms to decide the best area to release infected mosquitoes. Breeding mosquitoes has also proven to be more difficult than we might think, and new devices have had to be developed for this.
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