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    Big Data: Putting mosquitoes on a diet

    In this Jan. 27, 2016 file photo, an Aedes aegypti mosquito known to carry the Zika virus, is photographed through a microscope at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. The number of Zika virus cases has crossed 100 in Rajasthan, a state in northern India where palaces and forts draw large numbers of tourists each year. The agency says that the new cases come amid a state health department investigation to track the outbreak of Zika in pregnant women in their first trimester. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)
    Felipe Dana/AP/file 2016
    An Aedes aegypti mosquito known to carry the Zika virus.

    4 — That’s the number of days a female mosquito feels full after consuming human blood (males don’t consume blood). Frequent feedings can lead to the spread of diseases like yellow fever, dengue, and Zika. But researchers say they’ve been able to suppress the mosquito’s appetite for blood with human diet drugs. The drugs, Science Daily reports, could be a useful alternative to insecticides, which are failing because mosquitoes are developing resistance.

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