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EPA Approval Of Bacteria To Fight Mosquitoes Caps Long Quest

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Scott O'Neil to use bacteria to fight mosquitoes 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. With this method, offspring of infected male mosquitoes die, which reduces the risk of mosquito-borne diseases. Back in 2012, NPR's Joe Palca wrote about scientist Scott O'Neill's 20 years of struggle to prove that infecting mosquitoes with Wolbachia could be used to fight disease. Here is his story.

This summer, my big idea is to explore the big ideas of science. Instead of just reporting science as results — the stuff that's published in scientific journals and covered as news — I want to take you inside the world of science. I hope I'll make it easier to understand how science works, and just how cool the process of discovery and innovation really is.

A lot of science involves failure, but there are also the brilliant successes, successes that can lead to new inventions, new tools, new drugs — things that can change the world

That got me thinking that I wanted to dive deeper into the story of an Australian scientist named Scott O'Neill. Scott had come up a clever new way for combating dengue fever.

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