The white bands on this adult male's legs and body reveal why Aedes polynesiensis is known as the Polynesian tiger mosquito. (Image credit: J. MARIE, ILM)

Mosquitoes May Meet Their End Thanks to Marlon Brando

An innovative program has nearly eradicated the insects on the late actor's private island, no pesticides or genetic engineering needed.

Every year, mosquitoes kill more humans than any other animal—including our fellow humans—due to the deadly diseases they carry, with Zika being merely the latest high-profile threat.

Now, a new multipurpose strategy could one day control mosquito disease transmission as a whole. And one of the hottest frontiers in this effort is, strangely enough, Marlon Brando’s private island.

The late actor fell in love with and secured ownership of the Polynesian atoll of Tetiaroa in 1967. Now the area is home to one of the most successful mosquito-control efforts on Earth...Read more...