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A special delivery for malaria-transmitting mosquitoes

Infected female Anopheles mosquitoes deliver malaria parasites to hundreds of millions of people worldwide, killing nearly half a million people every year. In the past two decades, we have successfully decreased the global malaria burden by half thanks to chemical insecticides, which are sprayed in... click to read more

  • Etienne Bilgo | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Institut de Recherche en Sciences de la Santé/Centre Muraz, Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso
  • Brian Lovett | PhD student at Department of Entomology, University of Maryland, Maryland, USA
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Dec 18, 2019
The taste for human sweat

When we sweat, our pores excrete a compound called lactic acid. Since the 1960s, scientists have known that lactic acid can elicit attraction in mosquitoes, but how they sense this compound has been elusive until now. Mosquitoes are hard-wired for seeking a vertebrate host to... click to read more

  • John S. Castillo | PhD Student at Department of Biological Sciences & Biomolecular Sciences Institute, Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA
  • Matthew DeGennaro | Assistant Professor at Department of Biological Sciences & Biomolecular Sciences Institute, Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA
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Reading time 3 min
published on Nov 4, 2019