Target Granny Mosquitos only to slow malaria

I think this story on mosquitoes and malaria is totally cool. It is the right way for environmentalists to think.

Old approach: "Mosquito bad. Malaria bad. Kill mosquito!"
Result: DDT, and resistant mosquitos. Short term gratification from flying bugs.

New: "Malaria gestates in very old mosquitos which are beyond reproductive age. We should target times/seasons/pesticides at this small group of mosquitos."

The result will be less malaria and less resistance, but will also mean less short-term-gratification. Difficult to sell to humans.

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