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Issues with combining incompatible and sterile insect techniques

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We thank E. Lampazzi for her contribution to the research activity related to this topic and A. Serrao for contributing to acquisition of funding to support our research program.

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Moretti, R., Calvitti, M. Issues with combining incompatible and sterile insect techniques. Nature 590, E1–E2 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-020-03164-w

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