• Alphabet chief Larry Page and Google engineering VP Linus Upson have voiced interest in creating genetically modified mosquitoes that would wipe out other disease-carrying mosquitoes. They have talked to George Church, a leading geneticist and molecular engineer at Harvard University, about using the revolutionary gene editing technology, CRISPR.
  • Genetic editing has seen increasing commercial use, and Page and Upson are particularly interested in its ability to fight diseases like malaria and dengue fever. "We're not anticipating it will be a commercial success." says Church. "It might easier to go the philanthropic route through the Gates Foundation or Google."
  • According to the World Health Organization, around 3.2 billion people are at risk of malaria, causing half a million deaths in 2013 alone. Dengue fever is estimated to affect 390 million people each year. Microsoft's Project Premonition aims to solve these problems as well by using drones to predict upcoming diseases.

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