Tandon in the News

Zika Fix May be as Close as a Common Flower and a Pot of Boiling Water


As half a million people head to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic Games, there's more hovering over the city than the usual pollution—it's the threat of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, against which Brazil is waging war with synthetic pesticides, inspections, and transgenic mosquitos that prevent the insects from reproducing.

As concern about the virus increases in the United States, researchers at New York University Tandon School of Engineering are experimenting with an altogether different solution to eliminate the Zika-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquito, one so clever and effective it could only have come from nature itself.

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