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EPA Approval Of Bacteria To Fight Mosquitoes Caps A 20-Year Quest

Scott O’Neill wants to rid the world of dengue fever by infecting mosquitoes with bacteria so they can’t carry the virus that causes the disease. Benjamin Arthur for NPR hide caption toggle caption Benjamin Arthur for NPR Editor’s note: The Environmental Protection Agency has approved the use of mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia bacteria as a “biopesticide” in 20 states and the District of Columbia. The bacteria keep mosquitoes from spreading diseases like dengue and Zika. Back in 2012, NPR’s Joe Palca wrote about scientist Scott O’Neill’s 20 years of struggle…

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