October 5, 2013

UC Riverside Research Team Identifies DEET Receptors

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.

Credit: University of California

[ Read the Article: Insect-Repelling Compounds Could Lead To Safe Alternative To DEET ]

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