Narrator: This is Science Today.
Every year, about a million people die from mosquito-borne diseases such as
malaria and dengue and more than half a billion people are infected by
mosquitoes. Now, researchers at the University of California, Riverside have
discovered mosquito-blocking chemicals that may prevent these deaths and
illnesses. Entomologist Anandansankar Ray says these chemicals work by blocking
a carbon dioxide receptor, which helps mosquitoes ‘sniff' out humans.
Ray: We are in the process of using these chemicals to create behavior disruption strategies that can block mosquitoes from finding human beings and in a way, help in blocking transmission of diseases by these mosquitoes. We have done this work in my lab, here in California, and part of the work has actually been done in Africa, in Kenya, where we were working in simulated environment — environments that simulate natural conditions.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.