WASHINGTON – Scientists are recognized for decades that mosquitoes are attracted to the lactic acid of human sweat, but in the days before advanced genetics, the same way was to remain anonymous.
Now a team of researchers at the Florida International University have discovered the olfactory infection that allows insects carrying diseases to get involved in our smell – this is the ultimate source of advice. T and how to change it.
They published the work on the mosquitoes Aedes aegypti, which is famous for distributing lethal illnesses such as Zika, dengue and yellow fever, in Current Biology magazine on Thursday. T
The team, led by FIU biologist Matthew DeGennaro, identified the guilty tenancy as Ionotropic Tenant 8a, or just IR8a, through an abolition process which began in 2013 when DeGennaro was unable to become the world's first mosquito mutant in order to investigate how its absence affected the insect.
By studying IR8a, DeGennaro's PhD student, Joshua Raji, started experimenting with his own arm, and found that mutant mosquitoes were as appealing to the wild animals.
The results were tested on a further 14 subjects.
"People have been looking for a tractor for a lactic acid from the 1960s," said DeGennaro to AFP.
Results could be created to create a new generation of attractors who attract adult examples to population control ribbons, as well as bad predators who bring invisible people to mosquitoes – though This might be a little.
"It takes years, but we're definitely a step closer," said DeGennaro.