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Microsoft, partners using mosquitoes to detect viruses, prevent disease outbreak

Many disease outbreaks start from viruses found in animals but are very difficult to study. A Microsoft research project called Project Premonition aims to monitor these viruses using mosquitoes as natural field biologists that collect blood samples from animals. It works like this: When mosquitoes bite animals, they obtain a small amount of blood containing genetic information about the animals that were bitten and viruses present. That information could be used to detect pathogens before they cause outbreaks.…