Twin Study Shows Genes Influence Mosquito Interest

April 23, 2015 11:02 AM

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The likelihood of being bitten by mosquitoes could come down to our genes, according to a study carried out on twins and coauthored by a University of Florida scientist. Research from the University of Florida and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine found, for the first time, an underlying genetic component to how attractive we are to mosquitoes and this is likely to be caused by genetic control of our body odor.

Although this was a pilot study, it provides exciting information that may allow us to understand more about how our intimate relationship with mosquitoes has evolved. Ultimately the finding could result in the development of better ways to control mosquitoes and the diseases they transmit.

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