Bill Gates spends 4 million U.S. dollars to “mating” mosquitoes to extinction

Arboviruses such as dengue, malaria, yellow fever, Zika virus, filariasis, Japanese encephalitis, west Nile virus and chikungunya fever can spread rapidly through mosquito bites
Arboviruses such as dengue, malaria, yellow fever, Zika virus, filariasis, Japanese encephalitis, west Nile virus and chikungunya fever can spread rapidly through mosquito bites

Once the summer is the season when the mosquitoes are infested, they often hear the “applause screaming” of killing mosquitoes. Even the world’s richest man, Bill Gates, hates such annoying creatures. According to foreign media reports, Bill Gates will spend 4 million U.S. dollars (about NT$122 million) to invest in a gene technology company, aiming to reform the mosquito genes and allow them to destroy themselves through mating.

The scientists plan to genetically modify the male mosquitoes and mate these male mosquitoes with wild female mosquitoes. The offspring of the female mosquitoes will be affected by the genes and will die when they reach adulthood. Because only adult female mosquitoes bite creatures, long-term mosquitoes that bite creatures will be completely extinct, and malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, etc., through which mosquitoes are transmitted will also be greatly reduced.

Bill Gates
Microsoft Founder: Bill Gates

Bill Gates once said that mosquito-borne diseases cause at least 830,000 deaths each year. “Malaria causes damage to the majority of the world’s population and causes billions of dollars in losses each year. Ninety percent of deaths occur in Africa. 77% of the dead are under the age of 6.”

These species of mosquitoes are bred by Oxitec, UK, and named the mosquitoes “Friendly Mosquitoes.” They are expected to put these modified male mosquitoes into trial by the end of 2020.

But not everyone supports Bill Gates’s “anti-mosquito campaign,” and Friends of the Earth, an environmental group, said that before a comprehensive and objective analysis of the impact of mosquitoes on the environment, human health and morality, we must not Began to exterminate mosquitoes.

The Friends of the Earth also criticized in a statement that Oxford Insect Technologies placed commercial interests before the public and environmental security. In addition, it closely involved with countries in the development process of GM mosquito regulations, so there may be conflicts of interest and censorship. Suspected.

One of Bill Gates’s dedication to charity was devoted to “mosquito repellent.” He has been a supporter of the company’s research work. He invested US$4.9 million (about NT$149 million) to fund “friendly mosquitoes” as early as 2010. Early research and development work.

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