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MALARIA MAKES ITS HOST SMELL BETTER TO MOSQUITOES

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Malaria parasites can change their host’s scent to attract mosquitos and spread their offspring, report researchers, who say the scent change could be used as a diagnostic tool.

“Malaria-infected mice are more attractive to mosquitos than uninfected mice,” says Mark Mescher, associate professor of entomology at Penn State. “They are the most attractive to these mosquito vectors when the disease is most transmissible.”

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