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Scientists work to rewire mosquito brains

 
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Scientists work to rewire mosquito brains
A team of researchers at the University of Washington have been working for over a year and half to learn how to mislead mosquitoes. Jay Parrish and Jeff Riffell, the biologists involved in the study, studied the brains of the bloodsucking insects, focusing on their sense of smell, or the olfactory system.

According to Riffell, studying the sense of smell is important to understanding mosquito behaviors. “Chemical communication is the oldest sensory system and underlies nearly every critical ecological and evolutionary interaction,” he said.

Previously is has been found that mosquitoes use their sense of smell to find their prey. Studies have deduced that human blood in particular smells delicious to the sometime dangerous insects. Riffell and Parrish focused their research on trying to find which of the more than 300 body odors released by man mosquitoes are attracted to. Though the task seemed daunting, finding what attracts mosquitoes to humans would have major implications in fighting diseases caused by the insects.
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12/29/2012 03:34 PM
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Re: Scientists work to rewire mosquito brains
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12/29/2012 03:51 PM

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Re: Scientists work to rewire mosquito brains
They are probably figuring out to get nano cameras on the little guys and have them fly around spying on everybody.
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Re: Scientists work to rewire mosquito brains
Mosquitos should be terminated worldwide, it's the only creature i can't bear at all, they're useless or do they exist to naturally regulate mamals population transmitting diseases ? think about that.
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Re: Scientists work to rewire mosquito brains
Excellent, this should prep them for dealing with Congress.
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12/29/2012 04:07 PM

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Re: Scientists work to rewire mosquito brains
Excellent, this should prep them for dealing with Congress.
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Congress? Smiley

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