Small bite, big threat: UN scientists research reducing mosquito populations

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Sterile Insect Technique – IAEA

Scientists at the UN are looking at ways of suppressing insect populations around the world as a way to prevent a wide range of diseases, such as malaria and dengue.

Mosquito born-diseases result in the deaths of a million people every year.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is currently developing a procedure called Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) which introduces sterile insects into the environment.

SIT is expected to reduce insect populations to the extent that they are no longer a threat to humans.

Steve Thatchet spoke to Jeremie Lionel Gilles, the head of SIT development at the IAEA about the technique.

Duration: 2'40"

 

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