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Coconut Oil Better Than DEET to Fight Insects

Hematophagous arthropods are insects or spiders that feed on blood, and transmit human and animal pathogens worldwide. Called vector-borne diseases, the illnesses caused by their bites account for nearly 17 percent of all infectious diseases annually. Nearly 700,000 humans die each year as a result of having acquired an infectious disease from the bite of an insect.  The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), an arm of the U.S. Department of Defense, plans to use insects to deliver genetically engineered viruses to plants with an aim to alter the plants genetic traits in the field.  While the initial intent may have been to genetically control agriculture, it is not difficult to see how it may be easily weaponized.  Read more...



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