Malaria parasite drives mosquitoes to human scent

In lab tests, insects carrying disease home in on sweat-soaked stockings

By Puneet Kollipara, 17:51 PM May 15, 2013

The notoriously crafty parasite that causes malaria may have yet another trick up its sleeve scientists have learned: It makes mosquitoes that carry it more attracted to human body odor, a new study suggests. Compared with noninfected mosquitoes, those carrying Plasmodium falciparum, the most dangerous of the parasites that carry malaria,visited a fabric covered with a person’s sweat far more frequently, researchers report May 15 in PLOS ONE.

Hundreds of millions of people have malaria, and...

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