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Debugging the Planet

EVEN EDITING AWAY PARASITES COMES WITH PROFOUND ETHICAL QUANDARIES.

NOT LONG AGO, Bill Gates noted on his blog that the deadliest creatures on the planet are not sharks or snakes or even humans but the lowly mosquitoes carrying a devil’s menagerie of diseases—malaria, dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever, Zika, West Nile—that kill hundreds of thousands of people each year.

But we may soon be able to end the mosquito’s reign of terror, thanks to a

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