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July 19, 2017

Around the nation: Alphabet's Verily to unleash (non-biting) mosquito swarm on Fresno

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  • California: Verily, the life sciences arm of Alphabet, plans to release a swarm of mosquitoes in two Fresno neighborhoods this summer as part of its Debug Project, which seeks to eliminate certain populations of mosquitos. For the Fresno project, Verily will release only male mosquitos—which don't bite humans—that carry a species of bacteria that should prevent the eggs of their mates from hatching. The researchers hope the effort can help stop the spread of mosquito-borne diseases, such as Zika, dengue, and chikungunya (Hall, Silicon Valley Business Journal, 7/17).

  • Florida: Bradley Talbert has been named CEO and president of Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, effective Aug. 1. Talbert will take over from retiring CEO Jim O'Loughlin. Talbert, with more than 17 years of hospital executive experience, most recently has served as CEO of Piedmont Medical Center. He was also CEO of Coastal Carolina Hospital (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 7/17).

  • Washington, D.C.: The House Appropriations Committee on Thursday voted 28-24 to approve a spending bill that includes language that would repeal D.C.'s physician-assisted suicide law. The D.C. law took effect Feb. 20 but the city has struggled to raise the $125,000 to fund startup costs (Kinery, USA Today, 7/17).

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