Volunteers for the trial put an arm over a box with hundreds of mosquitoes carrying a genetically modified malaria parasite. Here's why they did it that way — and why the trial holds promise.
That's how neuroscientist Meg Younger describes her team's findings about how skeeters hone in on human aromas. And that could lead to better ways to keep us bite- and disease-free.
Researchers have found that certain viruses may have a trick up their sleeve that can make humans more attractive to mosquitoes. The study also revealed a possible remedy.
For the first time, scientists have shown that a new kind of genetic engineering can crash populations of malaria-spreading mosquitoes.
Aedes scapularis mosquitoes are from the tropics and can carry yellow fever. Entomologist Lawrence Reeves recently identified them among mosquitoes he collected near Everglades National Park in 2019.
In 2015, the mosquito-borne virus Zika exploded in South America. Health experts predicted it would erupt in Africa. But a major outbreak never happened. Now scientists think they understand why.
Given the choice between an animal and a human, the Aedes aegypti species prefers ... us. A new study explains how that happened.
And as summer nears, the question must be asked: Is it risky from a COVID-19 standpoint to go in a swimming pool?
Some of the reasons for the surge are expected — heavy rainfalls create lots of pools where mosquitoes can breed. But there are some surprising factors, like the Zika virus.
Scientists are trying to flip the script on control of mosquitoes in an effort to combat dengue fever. Instead of trying to wipe them out, they're infecting them with bacteria.