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.