mosquitoes

Why Do Mosquitoes Pester Some People More Than Others? It’s in the Genes

June 08, 2017
A first of its kind study found genetic associations between not just how much more attractive some of us are to mosquitoes, but the severity of the reaction to their bites.
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This Year’s Top Ten Stories in Genetics

December 28, 2015
Starting in January with the launch of the ambitious Precision Medicine Initiative in the United States, 2015 finished with a heated debate around the appropriate use of technology that allows...
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Itchy and Scratchy Genetics

April 28, 2015
Some of us are just tastier, or at least to mosquitoes. Just in time for summer, a new study of twins by researchers at the London School of Hygiene &...
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Bug Bite Genetics

June 25, 2013
Some of us get mosquito bites that look more like marble-sized welts while others get bites that barely leave a mark. It turns out that our genetics plays a role...
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SNPWatch: Taking Stock of Dengue Shock

November 11, 2011
We all know that mosquitoes can be annoying. In many parts of the world, however, mosquitoes are more than just annoying--they are killers. Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne disease with significant public health impact in tropical regions of the world. Some people infected with the dengue virus suffer life-threatening complications, while others have only mild or no symptoms at all. A new study investigates genetic factors underlying response to dengue infection.
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