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The loathsome, lethal mosquito - Rose Eveleth

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Everyone hates mosquitos. Besides the annoying buzzing and biting, mosquito-borne diseases like malaria kill over a million people each year (plus horses, dogs and cats). And over the past 100 million years, they've gotten good at their job -- sucking up to three times their weight in blood, totally undetected. So shouldn't we just get rid of them? Rose Eveleth shares why scientists aren't sure.

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  • Artist Henry Lambourne
  • Animator Henry Chung, Hannah de Spon
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  • Educator Rose Eveleth
  • Artist Henry Lambourne
  • Animator Henry Chung, Hannah de Spon
  • Narrator Rose Eveleth

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