October 4, 2002
A team of researchers from Vanderbilt University, the University of Notre Dame and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have identified the genes that code for a special class of proteins that plays a critical role in almost every aspect of the mosquito's life cycle, including its ability to see, taste, touch, and smell.
The mosquito Anopheles gambiae is something of a gourmet. It feeds almost exclusively on human blood. Its preference for humans and its ability to seek them out, in fact, are what makes the tiny insect such a deadly "vector" for the spread of malaria, a disease that causes millions of deaths annually.
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