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Study Shows How Mosquitoes Handle the Heat of a Hot Blood Meal
April 25, 2011
Mosquitoes make proteins to help them handle the stressful spike in body temperature that's prompted by their hot blood meals, a new study has found. The mosquito's eating pattern is inherently risky: Taking a blood meal involves finding warm-blooded hosts, avoiding detection, penetrating tough skin and evading a host's immune response, not to mention the slap of a human hand.
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