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Hiding From Biting Insects in Plain Scent

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Science  14 Mar 2008:
Vol. 319, Issue 5869, pp. 1471
DOI: 10.1126/science.319.5869.1471a

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Researchers report online in Science this week that instead of driving away biting bugs, the insect repellent DEET actually conceals us from them, dulling the insects' sensitivity to certain body odors.