NASHVILLE (AP) - A Vanderbilt University biologist is hoping to build a better mosquito trap by finding out how to disable the pesky bug's sniffer.
Researchers say their work identifies a single gene that responds specifically to one of the 350 or so smell-producing compounds in human sweat.
The work could lead to better repellants and ways to produce attractants that would lead mosquitoes into deadly traps, said biologist Larry Zwiebel, who worked with Yale University researchers on the project.
Last year the mosquito-borne West Nile virus killed 220 people in the United States, and malaria kills at least 1 million people worldwide every year.