An incredible method, a chemical been found by researchers, disabling the part of mosquitoes’ brain that smells humans!
According to io9, future bug repellents based on a new chemical compound, could give people an “invisibility cloak” against mosquitoes. We talked to a scientist who worked on the discovery to find out more.
Anandasankar Ray, an entomologist at the University of California, Riverside, said:
“The reason mosquitoes and other blood-feeding insects have evolved to detect CO2 is because every living vertebrate is going to produce a lot of CO2 as turbulent plumes. It doesn’t just dissipate; the prevailing wind will carry it almost like cigarette smoke gets carried away.”
“Ultimately, we want to apply the full potential of modern neuroscience research and modern neuroscientific approaches to create the next generation of insect manipulators, and utilize that in tackling the spread of deadly diseases.”
The mosquitoes are a family of small, midge-like flies: the Culicidae. Although a few species are harmless or even useful to humanity, most are considered a nuisance because they consume blood from living vertebrates, including humans. The females of many species of mosquitoes are blood-eating pests. In feeding on blood, some of them transmit extremely harmful human and livestock diseases, such as malaria, yellow fever and filariasis. Some authorities argue accordingly that mosquitoes are the most dangerous animals on Earth.
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