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Mosquitoes bamboozled

Mosquitoes harbouring the malaria parasite follow pulses of carbon dioxide exhaled by their human prey to track them down. A novel set of chemicals can distract these insects by disrupting their sense of smell. See Letter p.87

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Figure 1: Newly identified odorants can fool mosquitoes.

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Stopfer, M. Mosquitoes bamboozled. Nature 474, 40–41 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1038/474040a

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