Jeffrey LewisScience, Sex, Superflies

So reads the apparently unironic headline on the IAEA website detailing regional efforts to combat the Mediterranean fruit fly.

Apparently, Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority have a cooperative program using nuclear science to breed sterile male fruit flies, air-dropping seven million of them at a time.

Now, I don’t want to tell the IAEA how to do its job, but clearly we have the wrong 1970s blaxploitation reference.

Superfly? Why breed seven million superflies when all it takes is a single John Shaft fruit fly?

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