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Experiment Eradicates Over 80 Percent of Disease-Ridden Mosquitoes

Austrailian scientist saw a huge success in recent mosquito experiment.

An Australian experiment could have worldwide benefits, as scientists have developed a way to eradicate more than 80 percent of disease-carrying mosquitoes in certain testing areas of Queensland.

This experiment, which the Commonwealth Scientific, Industrial Research Organization and James Cook University organized, focused on Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which are some of the world's deadliest pests.

This type of mosquito spreads diseases like dengue fever and Zika. In James Cook laboratories, specialists bred nearly 20 million mosquitoes for this experiment to get the 3 million sterilized males for their release in specific Queensland locations.

While these males do not bite or help in the spread of diseases, they do mate with wild females, which are the disease carriers. This results in eggs that won' hatch, which causes the population to plummet.

This successful experiment could be a new solution against some mosquito-spread diseases, which infect millions each year.

This type of procedure is the sterile insect technique, which as been around since the 1950s. It helps to suppress other potentially dangerous insect populations across the globe.

This could be a win for areas that feel the effects of disease-ridden mosquitoes, ultimately preventing the spread of disease.