Google's parent company, Alphabet, specializes in the life sciences and aims to force the massive extinction of mosquitoes. In the California city of Fresno, researchers are raising and installing sterilized mosquitoes in bulk that could help eliminate the largest population, according to a new Bloomberg report on early trials of the program.
Like the buzz of an odious fly, it's a title that's hard to ignore, if only because it sounds so strange. And of course, mosquitoes are annoying. But this is not exaggerated. Blood-sucking insects constitute a public health problem as organisms carrying infections and responsible for the spread of infections, responsible for the spread of serious and sometimes fatal diseases such as Zika virus, malaria and the virus. dengue.
Alphabet has been evolving for some time in the life and health sciences, with a goal of partnerships in the field of clothing technologies with companies like Fitbit, but also with Verily, which has become a full-fledged division within Alphabet , when Google has divided several departments. its rebranding 2015.
There is at least one unknown in this plan: the exact role that mosquitoes play in the global ecosystem. This is not a subject that has already been studied in sufficient detail. But one thing that no one will miss, in addition to these irritating bites, is the threat of a global epidemic transmitted by mosquitoes. We can do without it.