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Mosquitoes are attracted to infected mammals

Editage Insights | 2014年7月2日 | 6,073 浏览次数

Scientists from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich) and their colleagues combined analytical chemistry and behavioral assessment to study the relation between malaria-infected mammals and mosquitoes. They found that Anopheles stephensi mosquitoes were most attracted to malaria-infected mice when they were highly infectious. This demonstrates how the malaria-causing parasite Plasmodium chabaudii manipulates its host by changing its odor profiles.  These findings can have significant implications for disease managing studies.

Read more in The Scientist.



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