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Affordable technology targets mosquito-borne diseases


Narrator:       This is Science Today. An easy-to-wear patch that hampers mosquitoes' host-seeking behavior has been developed, thanks to initial research performed at the University of California, Riverside.  It was in entomologist Anandasankar Ray's lab that researchers first identified volatile odor molecules that can specifically disrupt mosquitoes' ability to detect carbon dioxide, which is how they track human hosts.

Ray:               There's one class of compounds that are odors that can superactivate the mosquito's carbon dioxide sensor. Or in other words, it blinds the carbon dioxide sensor for several minutes and they are unable to navigate towards a carbon dioxide source.

Narrator:       The Kite Mosquito Patch, which is produced by Olfactor Laboratories, disburses non-toxic compounds that provide users with up to 48 hours of protection and offers a new level of protection against contracting mosquito-borne diseases, including in countries hardest hit by malaria. For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.