Bill Gates is perhaps one of the most generous philanthropists history has ever known.
But for multi-billionaires like him, whose passion for eradicating infectious diseases in the Third World is incomparable to any individual or institution, money is too easy to donate. That is why Bill traveled across the globe to Indonesia so he could donate his own blood for the cause.
But the genius behind Microsoft didn’t just donate his blood like any other would in a typical neighborhood Red Cross drive. Bill gave some of his blood for scientific research. At the Gadjah Mada University, where some of the most rigorous studies on dengue prevention occurs, Bill Gates allowed a swarm of mosquitoes to feed on his arm.
According to Gates, the blood feeding was to done to encourage the growth and spread of a new type of mosquitoes – one that has the Wolbachia bacterium, which according to scientists can potentially be helpful in blocking the transmission of dengue. These mosquitoes will be released in the open, allowing them to mate with the mosquitoes in the wild and effectively spreading the Wolbachia strain with them.
On Reddit, Bill Gates posted the picture of him nonchalantly allowing a terrifying swarm of mosquitoes prey on his arm. Within a few hours, redditors flocked to the comment section to give praises to Gates’ sacrifices for humankind. 20pennySpike wrote: