Science sniffs out mosquito theory

Research into how mosquitoes smell out their human prey could help scientists develop new insect repellents to stop the spread of malaria, it has been revealed.

Science sniffs out mosquito theory
Researchers have found that a key part of the malaria mosquito's "nose" contains an array of highly specialised cells that detect the chemicals carbon dioxide and octenol.

The maxillary palps are sensitive to these substances, which the insects use to track down humans to bite, the scientists at Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, wrote in Current Biology journal.

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