The huge corporation Alphabet, which grew out of Google, is engaged in projects in many areas, and now it is seriously interested in mosquitoes. Its subsidiary Verily has conducted successful trials to massacre this insect without harming other living creatures. More precisely, the company has technologies for organizing the genocide of mosquitoes anywhere in the world, but so far there is no idea about the impact of such events on nature as a whole.
Why kill mosquitoes, there is no need to explain to the inhabitants of hot California - for the first experiment, the local district of Fresno was chosen. Verily special vans have traveled to 3, 000 households and released 15 million male mosquitoes. They were all infected with the Wolbachia bacterium, rendering them sterile, but capable of mating. Such mosquitoes will not give offspring and will prevent healthy individuals from doing this, which in several generations will lead to a total population decline.
The saboteur mosquitoes were raised in special boxes with a microclimate, under the control of robots, each of them has a unique identifier and they are all recorded in the database. To track the movements of adult mosquitoes, laser scanners are used, which allows them to release a strictly defined number of them into the environment. The whole process was modeled in advance, the risks were calculated, the coordinates of the landing were determined for each mosquito squad, and the whole process takes place under the control of automation. Theoretically, if you put the equipment on the chassis of an unmanned vehicle, the process can be implemented without human intervention at all.
Komarov was released throughout 2017, and this year the results were summed up. And they are impressive - in the Californian lands, 95% of all mosquitoes were destroyed, and in the Australian Innisfail - 80%. And here it is time to sound the alarm, because in the course of evolution, mother nature gave mosquitoes its place in the cycle of life. For example, fish farming in freshwater reservoirs is impossible without mosquitoes, because the fry feed on their larvae. And if Alphabet is going to seriously tackle mosquito genocide, albeit under good claims to fight malaria and the Zika virus, then this potentially carries the risk of big problems for the planet.