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Fighting Zika with ‘Mosquito Factories’

Combatting some of the world’s most feared—and dangerous—diseases calls for unconventional thinking. MSU researcher Zhiyong Xi and his team have developed “mosquito factories” to help stop the spread of Zika and dengue fever in China and Mexico. Breeding and releasing millions of male mosquitoes carrying a bacterium that causes sterilization halts the transmission of the viruses and reduces mosquito populations worldwide.

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