Repellency of Skin-Surface Lipids of Humans to Mosquitoes

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Science  16 Jul 1965:
Vol. 149, Issue 3681, pp. 305-306
DOI: 10.1126/science.149.3681.305


Skin lipids obtained from the washings, in acetone or diethyl ether, of the foreheads or arms of humans are very repellent to female Aedes aegypti when evaluated in a dual-port olfactometer. By means of thin-layer chromatography, the repellent substances can be separated from nonrepellent material also present in skin lipids.