Friday, June 22

Mosquito shows learning ability

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The mosquito responsible for spreading Yellow fever, Dengue fever and Zika may be trained not to attack favourite targets.

Researchers at Virginia Tech found activity in the tiny brain of the Aedes aegypti mosquito in the centre that processes smell and dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter controlling reward and pleasure.

Whilst it is not clear what smells attract the mosquito, it is evident that deterrents such as swatting caused the insect to look for other targets, even less tempting ones.

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