This is why mosquitoes bite you

By admin
27 April 2015

Do you sometimes feel it doesn’t matter how much insect repellent you put on or how many citronella candles you burn, mosquitoes still find you and bite away to their heart’s content?

Do you sometimes feel it doesn’t matter how much insect repellent you put on or how many citronella candles you burn, mosquitoes still find you and bite away to their heart’s content?

Well, the reason they like you so much is probably not what you expect – and there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it.

It’s all about your genes, scientists recently discovered. More specifically, variations in your genes which determine your body odour, researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found.

This basically means your body odour attracts mosquitoes, and no repellent can put them off.

But, the researchers say, a pill could be developed to stop those irritating mosquito bites by changing the genetic variation that determines your body odour, thus throwing the insects off track.

Besides saving you the irritation, it could also save lives, Mosquitoes spread malaria, a deadly illness that claims more than 60 million lives annually across the world. So, if the pill is a more effective way to stop mosquito bites, it can also halt the disease.

Now you know why mosquitoes whine around your head and not that of the person lying next to you...

Sources: TimesLIVE; BBC News

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