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Erin Ross Jun 8
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Microsoft creates smart, robotic mosquito traps

Microsoft is working on a new kind of mosquito trap that – when coupled with machine learning and gene-sequencing techniques – could help scientists identify outbreaks of diseases like Zika, dengue fever, malaria and West Nile virus before they happen.

Why it matters: Many mosquito-borne illnesses circulate in animals before making the jump to humans. If scientists can identify disease-carrying mosquitoes early on, they can take steps to control an outbreak and prevent it from happening.