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Nanogirl: Mosquitoes buzz off with birth control

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Mosquitoes making you itch during the summer BBQ season? Thanks to new scientific research, the future is starting to look bite-free – scientists have created a birth control method, just for mosquitoes, designed to help eradicate them without affecting the rest of the environment.

After humans, mosquitoes are the most dangerous animal on the planet. Across the world over 500 million people are affected each year by serious consequences from mosquito bites - malaria, yellow fever, chikungunya, Zika and dengue, for example can all result from just one bite and can be fatal.

Luckily, in New Zealand mosquitoes are just a nuisance with their bites causing nothing more than an itch - the result of a reaction that our bodies have to the mosquito's saliva that it injects while biting.

To date, getting rid of mosquitoes has involved insecticides and pesticides, which are known to have........

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