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Alphabet’s Verily Joins Zika Fight With Sterile Mosquito Lab

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Photographer: Paulo Fridman/Bloomberg

Alphabet Inc.’s health technology company, Verily Life Sciences LLC, is joining the fight against insect-borne Zika virus by automating the breeding and sorting of sterile mosquitoes that can reduce wild populations.

Verily has developed machines and sensors that can automatically rear, count, feed, sort and transport the Aedes aegypti mosquito that carries Zika, said Linus Upson, head of engineering.