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Why Some of Us are Tastier than Others

Why do mosquitoes bite some people much more than others?This is merely annoying to those of us living in the West,but to people living in places like Africa, where malaria isrampant, it can mean the difference between life and death.Now scientists have discovered why mosquitoes like some ofus much more than others. All humans produce smells whichattract these insects, but people who don't get bitten asoften produce another smell which masks these scents. Ifbugs like you, how can you avoid getting bitten? Hang aroundsomeone whom the bugs DON'T like to bite.

BBC news reports that researchers want to reporduce thismasking smell, because it could be tthe world's mosteffective mosquito repellant. Scientists have discoveredthat when herds of cattle contain a large numbers of cowsthat produce these masking smells, fewer mosquitoes botherthe entire herd, even if some of the cows that DO NOTproduce this substance.

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