In 2017, we were happy to announce a new venture in which Verily Life Sciences would join with our efforts in California, along with the Consolidated Mosquito Abatement District to target the invasive Yellow Fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti). The new collaboration was named: Debug Fresno. Working together in 2018 and 2019, we were able to demonstrate a significant reduction of the mosquito population, and we’ve highlighted some of the results in prior blog posts.
Today we can announce that the full scientific results have been published in Nature Biotechnology, in which we report >95% reduction of the population across replicated sites in Fresno. For those wanting to dive deep into the data and outcome of the work, we encourage you to give it a look. We believe this publication will be a seminal reference for Sterile Insect Technique, and we’d love to hear what you think!