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Malaria parasite alters host body odor to entice mosquitoes
Malaria parasite alters host body odor to entice mosquitoes

The parasite that causes malaria tinkers with the body chemistry of its host, causing it to produce odors that attract more mosquitoes during a key phase in the parasite’s reproductive cycle, a new study suggests. The study, published online Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could offer insight into ways to identify those who carry the malaria parasite but don’t show symptoms of the disease. Despite the success of prevention efforts, malaria killed 627,000 people in 2012, the majority of them African children, according to the World Health Organization. That averages out to at least one child per minute, according to WHO. Researchers...

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