Tuesday, November 7, 2017
The MosquitoMate project is to use Wolbachia pipientis bacterium as a tool against the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus). The project plan to release the male mosquito carrying Wolbachia out to the wild to mate with wild female. Afterward, the fertilized eggs cannot hatch, because the paternal chromosomes do not form properly. The Wolbachia bacterium is similar to pesticide that killed only mosquitoes and no other insects will get affected by this. With this tool, we can eliminate diseases transmit by mosquitoes like Zika, dengue, and Chikungunya. Many countries have been testing this project out in the developed countries with the lowest and affordable cost at $1 per person. The MosquitoMate will kill the majority of the mosquitoes population in the areas that its will be release.