Targeting single set of nerve cells may block mosquitoes
By Ashley Yeager, 11:19 AM December 5, 2013
Mosquitoes use the same set of nerve cells to detect carbon dioxide from our breath and odors from our skin, a new study finds.
Scientists already knew that mosquitoes have olfactory nerve cells called cpA neurons that are sensitive to CO2. But when those nerve cells are blocked with chemicals, the insects are also less attracted to human foot odor, researchers report December 5 in Cell.
The team identified two safe, inexpensive natural compounds that could alter the detection abilities of the...
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