A new tool able to quickly identify a mosquito species could help slow the spread of insect-borne diseases.
The Aedes aegypti mosquito spreads an array of diseases, so tracking its location and range could help control its impact. To that end, the team from the University of Texas created a device able to catch and identify mosquito species, as well as whether or not the insect has come in contact with the bacteria Wolbachia, which keeps mosquitos from spreading disease.
The device, which is made up of a 3D-printed box and basic chemical test, relies on a smartphone’s camera to test the moquito’s nucleic acid and determine whether it is the disease-carrying Aedes aegypti species with a 98 percent accuracy.
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