What Mosquitoes Want: Secrets of Host Attraction

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Science  04 Oct 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5591, pp. 90-92
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5591.90

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Researchers are trying to find out why mosquitoes feast on some people and leave others alone, hoping it will help them design the perfect mosquito trap. Chemical and behavioral studies--often using human volunteers as bait--have helped identify some of the smells that tempt several mosquito species. And recently, molecular researchers have begun identifying the receptors that pick up these odors and translate them into neural signals.