Thursday, October 20, 2011

Mosquitoes Home In On CO2 & Body Odour

Researchers released female yellow fever mosquitoes into a wind tunnel and filmed their flight paths. They discovered that the carbon dioxide we exhale is what first alerts mosquitoes to our presence. They then follow the plume of odour from our skin to home in, land on us and feed. This new research could be used to develop better traps for intercepting and capturing mosquitoes that spread diseases such as malaria, dengue and yellow fever.
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