Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have identified the olfactory receptors in insects that detect DEET and causes repellency. They have also identified compounds that elicit a similar response to DEET and could one day be used to prevent the transmission of deadly vector-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue, filariasis and West Nile virus. Lead researcher Anandasankar Ray discusses his lab’s findings, published in Nature, in this short video.
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