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A new technology could make diseases like Zika a thing of the past. But should we use it?
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The CDC on Zika:
http://www.cdc.gov/zika/

Vox explains Zika virus in 6 charts:
http://bit.ly/1POrNjA

Scientific American on what it would take to establish a causal relationship between Zika and microcephaly:
http://bit.ly/1Q4LPAt

The New York Times on a possible link between Zika and Guillain-Barré:
http://nyti.ms/1POs4Dd

NPR on releasing GM mosquitoes to fight Zika:
http://n.pr/1nxV5WX

NOVA Next piece on the CRISPR gene drive:
http://to.pbs.org/1PK4D7I

MIT Tech Review piece on using CRISPR to create a mosquito that can’t spread malaria:
http://bit.ly/1WVJkWI

Paper explaining the potential applications of gene drives, and also the ethical issues, written by scientists:
http://elifesciences.org/content/3/e0...

Wired on the ethics of CRISPR:
http://bit.ly/23CkEaf

NOVA Next on using CRISPR to edit human embryos:
http://to.pbs.org/1PtVMvl

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Host, Writer, Editor, Animator
Anna Rothschild

Many Thanks to Dr. Kevin Esvelt and Jeffrey Wood

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Footage and Images

The Mosquito Killing with Human Blood
Pond5/azuri

Zika virus in blood, illustration
Kateryna Kon/Science Photo Library

Countries and territories with active Zika virus transmission—Map
CDC

File:Zika.Virus.Rash.Arm.2014
Wikimedia Commons/FRED

Baby belly
Wikimedia Commons/David Roseborough from Los Angeles, United States

Baby with Microcephaly
CDC

Distribution of Aedes mosquitoes in the US—Map
CDC

d2623-8 (Aedes aegypti)
Flickr/USDA

Dead Mosquito (Note: This is actually a dance fly--many thanks to Morgan Jackson for pointing it out.)
Flickr/b o w n o s e

Pinky
Pinky and the Brain

File:Anopheles stephensi
Wikimedia Commons/CDC

File: Plasmodium falciparum 02
Wikimedia Commons/Lukas.S

Chikungunya (Chikungunya mosquito)
Flickr/CDC Global

List of mosquito genera
Wikipedia

Malaria Geography—Map
CDC

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Cockroaches
Freesound/StateAardvark­
(used with permission from author)

Squeak Pack/squeak_10
Freesound/Corsica_S

Ding Ding Small Bell
Freesound/Johnsonbrandediting

Poof of Smoke
Freesound/Planman

Scissors
Freesound/Suzzy457

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