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TIL scientists have been able to genetically modify mosquitoes so their sperm can only produce male offspring, decimating test populations in six generations. This inexpensive innovation could prevent the spread of malaria, save millions of lives and won’t have a significant impact on the ecosystem.

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TIL scientists have been able to genetically modify mosquitoes so their sperm can only produce male offspring, decimating test populations in six generations. This inexpensive innovation could prevent the spread of malaria, save millions of lives and won’t have a

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TIL since many female insects mate just once in their lives, insect populations can be controlled by releasing swarms of sterile males into the wild; the females mate with them, never have babies, and die. The method has eradicated populations of dangerous insects in several regions.

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TIL since many female insects mate just once in their lives, insect populations can be controlled by releasing swarms of sterile males into the wild; the females mate with them, never have babies, and die. The method has eradicated populations

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TIL that since many female insects mate just once in their lives, insect populations can be controlled by releasing swarms of sterile males into the wild; the females mate with them, never have babies, and die. The method has eradicated populations of dangerous insects in several regions.

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TIL that since many female insects mate just once in their lives, insect populations can be controlled by releasing swarms of sterile males into the wild; the females mate with them, never have babies, and die. The method has eradicated

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TIL that 15% of snails survive digestion by birds and are found alive in their droppings, potentially leading to the spread of snail populations.

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TIL that 15% of snails survive digestion by birds and are found alive in their droppings, potentially leading to the spread of snail populations. submitted by centalapalooza [link] [80 comments] Source: Today I Learned (TIL)

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YSK that bee populations are stable

YSK that bee populations are stable Just so everyone knows, there is no "beepocalypse". Yes, bees are dying and in greater numbers than they were, but they're also reproducing in greater numbers than before, so populations are stable. submitted by

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