When Extinction Is a Humanitarian Cause

Adelman, Z,  MIT Technology Review,  2016.

Humans have driven species to extinction through our hunger, our ignorance, our desire for economic growth, and our indifference. Will one species of mosquito be the first we eliminate for humanitarian ; The mosquito is Aedes aegypti. It is commonly known as the yellow fever mosquito and, in more recent years, has become known as the dengue mosquito for spreading a hemorrhagic disease that disproportionately affects small children and has high public health costs. Now it’s the Zika mosquito, suspected of transmitting Zika virus with a potential association to microcephaly in newborns.