TED, Gates, mosquitoes: enough said

Yes, it’s true – Bill Gates released a jar full of mosquitoes on the audience during his talk at the 2009 TED conference (some funny remarks in the comments here). He said, “Not only poor people should experience this.” Sure releasing mosquitoes is an unorthodox presentation tactic which gets your attention, but the idea, even as joke, seems rather inelegant – not unlike the Davos Refugee Run. Apparently, a Gates Foundation spokesperson found it necessary to clarify that the mosquitoes were not carrying malaria. I honestly wonder what species the mosquitoes were (only the Anopheles  species carry malaria), where Gates got them (it is fairly cold right now), and if the mosquitoes actually bit anyone (only female mosquitoes take blood meals and maybe he released all males)?

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