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New Johns Hopkins research may unlock how mosquitoes experience human flavor

New Johns Hopkins research may unlock how mosquitoes experience human flavor

It's no secret that mosquitoes find some humans more tasty than others or that they dislike certain repellents.

Scientists don't know why, but some researchers at the Johns Hopkins University may be closer to solving those mysteries about the world's deadliest animal.

A Hopkins team led by neuroscience professor Christopher Potter genetically modified mosquitoes so that their nerve cells for smell would glow green, allowing them to see how the little buggers smell and taste in greater detail.

They discovered that smelling nerves in a mosquito's proboscis, the elongated mouthpart used to suck blood, connect to a part of the brain related to taste, suggesting that...

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