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Could man-hating microbes help fight off the mosquitoes that carry Zika?
The Washington Post

Scientists think they’ve found a cheap way to kill off all the men – in the world of disease-carrying, crop-killing insects, of course. What did you think we meant?

There are plenty of reasons to want to nearly obliterate a particular species of insect: Invasive species often outcompete locals and damage crops and quality of life, so getting rid of the invaders is a no-brainer. And even in areas where insects are part of the healthy ecosystem, their ability to carry diseases like malaria and Zika leaves researchers looking for ways to keep them under control, if not eliminate them entirely.