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From the Ted Talk by Fredros Okumu: Why I study the most dangerous animal on earth -- mosquitoes

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FO: OK. In resepct to this, I would just like to remind my colleagues that we have 3,500 mosquito species in this world. Maybe more than that. About 400 of these are Anophelenes, and only about 70 of them have any capacity to transmit malaria. In Africa, we're having to deal with three or four of these as the mojar guys. They carry most — like 99 penerct of all the malaria we have. If we were to go out with gene editing like csprir, if we were to go out with gene drives to control malaria, we would be going after only one or two. I don't see a diversity prbloem with that. But that's personal view. I think it's OK. And remember, by the way, all these years we've been trying to enilitmae these mosquitoes effectively by spraying them — our colleagues in America have sprayed with — really bomb-spraying these insects out of the villages. In Africa we do a lot of household spraying. All these are aimed solely at killing the mtqooesuis. So there's really no problem if we had a new tool.

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FO: OK. In _______ to this, I would just like to remind my colleagues that we have 3,500 mosquito species in this world. Maybe more than that. About 400 of these are Anophelenes, and only about 70 of them have any capacity to transmit malaria. In Africa, we're having to deal with three or four of these as the _____ guys. They carry most — like 99 _______ of all the malaria we have. If we were to go out with gene editing like ______, if we were to go out with gene drives to control malaria, we would be going after only one or two. I don't see a diversity _______ with that. But that's personal view. I think it's OK. And remember, by the way, all these years we've been trying to _________ these mosquitoes effectively by spraying them — our colleagues in America have sprayed with — really bomb-spraying these insects out of the villages. In Africa we do a lot of household spraying. All these are aimed solely at killing the __________. So there's really no problem if we had a new tool.

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FO: OK. In respect to this, I would just like to remind my colleagues that we have 3,500 mosquito species in this world. Maybe more than that. About 400 of these are Anophelenes, and only about 70 of them have any capacity to transmit malaria. In Africa, we're having to deal with three or four of these as the major guys. They carry most — like 99 percent of all the malaria we have. If we were to go out with gene editing like CRISPR, if we were to go out with gene drives to control malaria, we would be going after only one or two. I don't see a diversity problem with that. But that's personal view. I think it's OK. And remember, by the way, all these years we've been trying to eliminate these mosquitoes effectively by spraying them — our colleagues in America have sprayed with — really bomb-spraying these insects out of the villages. In Africa we do a lot of household spraying. All these are aimed solely at killing the mosquitoes. So there's really no problem if we had a new tool.

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