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[Comment] Mass trapping of malaria vector mosquitoes

Every field of research needs a few pleasant surprises every now and then to challenge the limitations imposed by existing paradigms, and stretch the ambitions of those of us who accepted them for too long. In The Lancet, Tobias Homan and colleagues1 show that population-wide installation of solar-powered odour-baited mosquito traps beside houses in Rusinga Island (Lake Victoria, western Kenya, Africa) can reduce malaria infection prevalence by suppressing populations of Anopheles funestus, the most efficient mosquito vector in Africa.