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How mosquitoes are drawn to human skin and breath
December 5, 2013
Scientists at the University of California, Riverside, have found that the very receptors in the mosquito's maxillary palp that detect carbon dioxide (CO2) are ones that detect skin odors as well, thus explaining why mosquitoes are attracted to skin odor--smelly socks, worn clothes, bedding--even in the absence of CO2.
University of California, Riverside
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