Bug be gone

Bug be gone

A computer "brain" finds long-lasting repellents

By Patrick Barry, 10:57 AM May 27, 2008

New chemicals make mosquitoes bug off for at least three times longer than current insect repellents, researchers report.

In addition to lasting longer, these new chemicals don’t have the unpleasant smell or stickiness of the most common mosquito repellent, a compound called DEET. Decades of previous research had identified only three other repellents with performance similar to DEET, but none that lasted much longer.

“Outperforming DEET is significant, since the practical...

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