Mutant Mosquitoes Hold Key to Life-saving Perfume
Towards a molecular understanding of mosquito host detection
"Mosquitoes obtain blood-meals from vertebrate hosts to enable egg production. Blood is not the only source of nourishment for mosquitoes. Both male and female mosquitoes seek nectar sources from plant hosts. Since males male do not bite, nectar is their principle energy source. Mosquitoes gain access to these nutrients by sensing volatile chemicals in their environment. Olfactory cues such as body odor, carbon dioxide, and nectar volatiles are sufficient to enable mosquito attraction. Understanding how mosquitoes sense their hosts is the focus of the DeGennaro lab. Using a molecular genetic analysis of mosquito behavior, we seek to identify the odors and olfactory receptors that are necessary for mosquito host detection" (DeGennaro Lab).
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