Controlling Killer Mosquitoes

BIOLOGICAL CONTROL OF KILLER MOSQUITOES.

Here’s a link to a short talk by Hadyn Parry on attempts to control the dengue fever carrying mosquito:

Filmed Nov 2012; posted Jan 2013. TEDSalon London Fall 2012; ted.com

Below are URL links to research being conducted at Monash University and James Cook University within an international team approach.

“The Australian field trials of the Eliminate Dengue Program are part-funded by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health through the Grand Challenges in Global health Initiative of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.”

http://monash.edu/monashmag/articles/microbial-assassin-brings-down-a-killer.html

http://www.jcu.edu.au/phtmrs/abc/JCUPRD_054958.html

It is very refreshing to know that some extremely, even excessively, wealthy people, like Bill Gates of Microsoft fame, also have a strong social conscience. Philanthropy is most definitely something to be encouraged when it demonstrates such vision and ethical integrity.

Kudos to all involved in such brilliant and important endeavours.

Julie

PS: Advertising works! My curiosity was aroused when I read an advertising banner over a Freeway in Melbourne for Monash University research into eliminating this dengue fever carrying pest. It’s gone now (replaced by Christmas ham ads!)

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