Using genetics to try to figure out how to get mosquitoes to stop biting us

From the Orlando Sentinel
March 28, 2019

mong all the beasts in the animal kingdom, perhaps none is more dangerous to humans than the mosquito.

The whiny insects aren’t just irritating — they can be deadly.

In fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reckons that mosquitoes are responsible for at least 700,000 deaths worldwide each year, thanks to their ability to transmit diseases such as malaria and yellow fever with a single bite.

That makes the bugs 50,000 times more deadly to humans than sharks, according to the CDC.

“In order to figure out how to deal with mosquitoes, we first have to understand them,” said Matt DeGennaro, a mosquito neurobiologist at Florida International University in Miami.

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