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In Depth: How a ‘Mosquito Factory’ in Southern China Could Help Fight Disease

2019年09月23日 19:54 来源于 财新网
Team of scientists in Guangzhou test biological elimination techniques by introducing infected bugs that can’t reproduce
The world’s largest “mosquito factory” is hidden in a nondescript building in Guangzhou. The 3,500 square meter lab hatches millions of mosquitos each week for use in control efforts. Photo: Liu Denghui/Caixin

In a nondescript building in a technology center in the southern Chinese metropolis of Guangzhou, Guangdong province, a team of scientists has declared war on mosquitos.

It may seem odd, then, that their 3,500-square-foot workshop can produce 10 million of them each week. But these are no conventional mosquitos: They are programmed for insect genocide. Theirs is a suicide mission on a population level.

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