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Reply to: Issues with combining incompatible and sterile insect techniques

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Fig. 1: The effect of irradiation on vector competence, Wolbachia density and longevity of the A. albopictus HC line.

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This work was supported by Guangdong Innovative Research Team Program (no. 2011S009), and Scientific and Technological Leading Talents of Guangzhou Development District (no. 2013L-P116).

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Z.X., Y.L., L.A.B., J.B., A.G.P., A.A.H. and D.Z. developed the concept and wrote the manuscript; Y.L. performed the impact of irradiation on dengue virus and Wolbachia in A. albopictus and data analysis; D.Z. performed effects of irradiation on fecundity and fertility of A. albopictus, impact of irradiation on female longevity, and data analysis; N.L.C and T.C.H. revised the manuscript. All authors participated in manuscript editing and final approval. Two authors not included in the original Article were added to better address the reviewers’ comments on the effect of irradiation on Wolbachia-mediated virus blocking.

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Li, Y., Baton, L.A., Zhang, D. et al. Reply to: Issues with combining incompatible and sterile insect techniques. Nature 590, E3–E5 (2021).

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