How mosquitoes find a victim.

Anyone who’s ever felt the subtle sting of a mosquito bite and delivered a sharp slap to the affected area has probably wondered: How are mosquitoes so good at hunting down humans? The moment we step outside, it seems, they arrive en masse, ready to suck nutrient-rich blood from their next victim.

Researchers used gene-editing technology in an attempt to prevent the pesky insects from sniffing out humans. They disabled certain human-odor receptors on sensory neurons in the antennae of female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.

The complete article was published in Smithsonian Magazine, available with by clicking on the link below:

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