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“It’s kind of the rat of the mosquito world,”Andrew McKemey, an entomologist, on the mosquito that spreads Zika virus.

“What got us here is a bunch of criminal-justice policy-making that made for good politics and bad policy,” Glenn E. Martin, who advocates for reducing the U.S. prison population.

“Hey doc, I’ve been asked to do a lot of things as chief resident of neurosurgery but if you think I’m going to jerk off a dead man you’re crazy,” —a neurosurgeon’s reaction to the first postmortem sperm removal.

(Previous quotes from our sources here.)