Google’s parent company Alphabet has its life sciences division focusing on forcing a lot of mosquito eradication. In California, the city of Fresno, scientists grow up and dissolve sterilized mosquitoes that can help wipe out the larger population, according to a new Bloomberg report on early testing of the program.
As a buzz of an obnoxious plane, it’s a headline that’s hard to ignore, just because it seems so weird. And certainly mosquitoes are annoying. But this is not overkill. Blood sucking insects are a public health problem as disease-bearing, infectious pests that are responsible for spreading serious and sometimes fatal diseases such as the Zika virus, malaria and dengue virus.
The alphabet has moved to health and life science for a moment of an eye on wearables with companies like Fitbit but also with Verily, as it rebranded from one month to a full division within the Alphabet, when Google split up a number of departments in related to the revocation in 201
There is still at least one unknown in this plan: the exact role of mosquitoes plays in the global ecosystem. It is not a subject that has ever been studied in sufficient detail. But one thing that nobody will miss is besides the clumbers, the threat of a global mosquito-borne epidemic. We can do without them just fine.