Ethical dilemma: Should we get rid of mosquitoes? – Talya Hackett

cartoon mosquitoes fly around with a cartoon finger pushing a button with an X on it
What if we could get rid of the most leathal mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are responsible for more human deaths every year than any other animal, but very few of the 3,500 mosquito species actually transmit deadly diseases to humans. Scientists have been conducting experiments using engineered technologies called gene drives that could theoretically get rid of the most lethal mosquitoes. So, should we eradicate these pesky insects? Talya Hackett investigates.

Learn all about mosquitoes, gene drives and the potential ecological consequences of population suppression in her TED ED video, then take a short quiz to see how much you rememeber!

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