close-up of an Aedes aegypti mosquito on human skin
Researchers Discover What Attracts Mosquitoes to Humans
A brain area of Aedes aegypti responds specifically to components of human sebum, a study finds.
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Researchers Discover What Attracts Mosquitoes to Humans
Researchers Discover What Attracts Mosquitoes to Humans

A brain area of Aedes aegypti responds specifically to components of human sebum, a study finds.

A brain area of Aedes aegypti responds specifically to components of human sebum, a study finds.

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a close up photo of a black dog nose with blond and white whiskers
Dogs: The New COVID-19 Rapid Test
Kerry Grens | May 24, 2021
Two studies this month point to pooches’ quick detection of SARS-CoV-2 on material that touched the skin of infected participants, although the pups’ accuracy does not match that of RT-PCR.
George Preti, Organic Chemist Who Studied Human Body Odors, Dies
Amy Schleunes | Mar 20, 2020
Over nearly 50 years, the Monell Chemical Senses Center chemist investigated a range of topics, from the smell of cancer to body odor’s effects on human physiology and behavior.
Smells of Nature Lower Physiological Stress
Ashley Yeager | Jan 2, 2020
In a virtual reality experiment, participants recovered faster from a small electric shock when they could smell natural scents than when they could smell urban odors.
A section of a mouse piriform cortex, a layered structure important for smell processing
Image of the Day: Smell Circuits
Nicoletta Lanese | Jul 24, 2019
The brain wiring behind scent processing seems to scale across mammalian species.
a photograph of an older man's upper back
Chemicals on the Skin Could Enable Parkinson’s Detection
Shawna Williams | Mar 20, 2019
Researchers teamed up with a woman with a keen sense of smell to identify telling differences between healthy people and those with the neurodegenerative disease.
Children With Malaria Smell More Attractive to Mosquitoes
Shawna Williams | Apr 17, 2018
The parasite changes people’s scent, primarily due to an increase in aldehydes.
Study: Autism Linked with Different Reactions to Chemical Signals
Shawna Williams | Nov 27, 2017
Responses to compounds in human sweat may help explain why people with autism spectrum disorder tend to struggle with social cues.
Epigenetics Paper Raises Questions
Kate Yandell | Oct 16, 2014
GENETICS publishes a commentary criticizing a Nature Neuroscience paper claiming that mice can inherit smell sensitivities that their parents acquired during life.
Smelling While Sleeping Hurts Memory Consolidation
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Apr 9, 2014
The brain’s ability to properly store olfactory information can be disrupted by introducing new sensory stimulation during deep sleep, a mouse study finds.
Behavior Brief
Tracy Vence | Nov 17, 2013
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Eau de Choice
Richard P. Grant | Jan 1, 2011
Evolutionary biologist Jane Hurst at the University of Liverpool has found that male mice have evolved a cunning trick to distinguish themselves within the dating pool: they produce a specific protein that drives female attraction to male scent, and this molecule, called darcin, helps females remember a specific male's odor.