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How Mosquitoes Smell Us
2013-12-05 14:31:24

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Many a pleasant summer’s evening has been ruined by the onset of swarms of mosquitoes, and studies have shown that the flying pests are drawn to both the carbon dioxide we exhale and the scent of our skin. A new study, published in the journal Cell, has found that mosquitoes actually use the same olfactory mechanism to detect both carbon dioxide and skin odors. "It was a real surprise when we found that the mosquito's CO2 receptor...


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