EVOKE THE CULMINATING HARVEST UPON THEIR WING-MEATS:
“You hear that little beating sound?” says Kathleen Parkes, a spokesperson for Verily Life Sciences, a unit of Alphabet. She’s trailing the van in her car, the windows down. “Like a duh-duh-duh? That’s the release of the mosquitoes.”
Jacob Crawford, a Verily senior scientist riding with Parkes, begins describing a mosquito-control technique with dazzling potential. These particular vermin, he explains, were bred in the ultra-high-tech surroundings of Verily’s automated mosquito rearing system, 200 miles away in South San Francisco. They were infected with Wolbachia, a common bacterium. When those 80,000 lab-bred Wolbachia-infected, male mosquitoes mate with their counterpart females in the wild, the result is stealth annihilation: the offspring never hatch. Better make that 79,999. “One just hit the windshield,” says Crawford.
Via Instapundit. This project apparently has caused the mosquito population in Fresno to drop by 95 percent in the targeted areas, with subsequent dancing in the streets (because now the mosquitoes won’t get them). They’re hoping to figure out how to replicate this using less tech-heavy solutions, because if they can do this in areas where the mosquitoes are spreading yellow fever and malaria, well, the sound of their bleached carapaces under our boots will make a most pleasing sound.
Yeah, I really despise these things. Nobody really likes mosquitoes, you understand. They kill humans with nasty diseases that are hard to treat. And even a lot of ecologists are all Well, if you absolutely must genocide a species, go with these miserable [expletive deleted]. Works for me.