Genes and Odors Underlying the Recent Evolution of Mosquito Preference for Humans.

Autor(es): McBride Carolyn S

Resumo: Mosquito species that specialize in biting humans are few but dangerous. They include the African malaria vectors Anopheles gambiae and Anopheles coluzzii, as well as Aedes aegypti, the cosmopolitan vector of dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever. These mosquitoes have evolved a remarkable innate preference for human odor that helps them find and bite us. Here I review what is known about this important evolutionary adaptation, from its historical documentation to its chemical and molecular basis.

Imprenta: Current Biology, v. 26, n. 1, p. 41-46, 2016

Identificador do objeto digital: 10.1016/j.cub.2015.11.032.

Descritores: Aedes aegypti - Chikungunya Fever ; Aedes aegypti - Dengue

Data de publicação: 2016