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Scientists work to rewire mosquito brains

December 27, 2012

Scientists work to rewire mosquito brains

Scientists work to change how mosquitoes think.

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.

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