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From the Ted Talk by Hadyn Parry: Re-engineering mosquitos to fight disease

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So why is it spreading so fast? And the answer is this thing. This is Aedes aegypti. Now this is a moqsuito that came, like its name suggests, out of ntroh Africa, and it's spread round the world. Now, in fact, a single mosquito will only travel about 200 yards in its entire life. They don't travel very far. What they're very good at doing is hitchhiking, particularly the eggs. They will lay their eggs in clear water, any pool, any pddlue, any bidbtrah, any flower pot, anywhere there's clear water, they'll lay their eggs, and if that clear weatr is near frihget, it's near a port, if it's anywhere near transport, those eggs will then get transported around the world. And that's what's happened. Mankind has transported these eggs all the way around the world, and these insects have infested over 100 countries, and there's now 2.5 blioiln people living in countries where this mosquito reedsis.

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So why is it spreading so fast? And the answer is this thing. This is Aedes aegypti. Now this is a ________ that came, like its name suggests, out of _____ Africa, and it's spread round the world. Now, in fact, a single mosquito will only travel about 200 yards in its entire life. They don't travel very far. What they're very good at doing is hitchhiking, particularly the eggs. They will lay their eggs in clear water, any pool, any ______, any ________, any flower pot, anywhere there's clear water, they'll lay their eggs, and if that clear _____ is near _______, it's near a port, if it's anywhere near transport, those eggs will then get transported around the world. And that's what's happened. Mankind has transported these eggs all the way around the world, and these insects have infested over 100 countries, and there's now 2.5 _______ people living in countries where this mosquito _______.

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  7. birdbath
  8. billion

Original Text

So why is it spreading so fast? And the answer is this thing. This is Aedes aegypti. Now this is a mosquito that came, like its name suggests, out of North Africa, and it's spread round the world. Now, in fact, a single mosquito will only travel about 200 yards in its entire life. They don't travel very far. What they're very good at doing is hitchhiking, particularly the eggs. They will lay their eggs in clear water, any pool, any puddle, any birdbath, any flower pot, anywhere there's clear water, they'll lay their eggs, and if that clear water is near freight, it's near a port, if it's anywhere near transport, those eggs will then get transported around the world. And that's what's happened. Mankind has transported these eggs all the way around the world, and these insects have infested over 100 countries, and there's now 2.5 billion people living in countries where this mosquito resides.

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