A Crash Diet for Mosquitoes

Getting mosquitoes to scram is an age-old challenge for humans and scientists alike. “On a lark,” a group of scientists tried putting them on a diet—and it worked pretty well.

Naturally gluttonous mosquitoes gorge themselves on human blood “the same way that we might approach a chocolate cake," says Leslie Vosshall of Rockefeller University—and those nutrients help them produce eggs with each “supersize meal.”

Vosshall’s new research, published in Cell, found that human diet drugs quelled mosquitoes’ appetite for blood—making them less likely to feed on humans, spread disease and reproduce.

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