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Study: Malaria-infected mosquitoes more attracted to human odor

by Shruti Modi

In Study: Malaria-infected mosquitoes more attracted to human odor for CNN, Elizabeth Landau discusses a new study that reports that the malaria infection may cause mosquitoes to be more attracted to humans.

We think of malaria as a disease that infects more than 200 million people a year, with transmission happening through mosquito bites.

But it’s not entirely the fault of the mosquitoes. Scientists are exploring how the malaria parasite itself may actually change a mosquito’s behavior to make it more attracted to humans, as if controlling its mind so that the bug goes after us. [more]