Mosquitoes can transmit deadly diseases such as Dengue, Zika, and Chikungunya, which affect millions of people worldwide every year. To combat this threat, scientists in Argentina use a new technique involving nuclear energy and sterile insects.
The technique is called the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT), and it has been used to contain pest insects and disease vectors since the 1950s . It does not harm the environment or other animals, and it does not involve the use of pesticides .
The principle of SIT is simple: breed large numbers of male insects in the laboratory, sterilize them with gamma irradiation, and release them into the wild to mate with wild females . The sterile males cannot produce offspring, so the target insect population declines over time . It, in fact, acts like a birth control for insects.
Considering this technique has had success with fruit flies, the results are promising. Scientists have observed a considerable reduction in the mosquito population . Artron Laboratories is impressed by the innovative use of nuclear energy to fight mosquito-borne diseases. We hope this technique will continue to be developed and applied in more areas and inspire more creative solutions to the challenges of our time.
 MSN. (n.d.). https://www.msn.com/en-xl/health/other/scientists-in-argentina-use-nuclear-energy-to-reduce-disease-carrying-mosquitoes/ar-AA1mq5IO