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Pantyhose Help Reveal Why Mosquitoes Prefer Humans

(Newser) – Thousands of years ago some mosquitoes made "a really good evolutionary move": They developed a taste for humans. A new study digs into the genes that led to this evolutionary shift, which had many mosquitoes give up on furry forest animals—and it relied on guinea pigs and pantyhose to reach its conclusion. As Rockefeller University explains, school researchers studied two types of mosquitoes in Rabai, Kenya, whose disparate behavior was first observed in the 1960s. Aedes aegypti formosus (black mosquitoes) favor forest creatures, while the brown-bodied Aedes aegypti aegypti prefer humans. The researchers headed to Rabai five years[...]

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