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Topic - Fredros Okumu
What do mosquitoes like more than clean, human skin? Stinky socks. Scientists think the musky odor of human feet can be used to attract and kill mosquitoes that carry deadly malaria. The Gates Foundation announced on Wednesday that it will help fund one such pungent project in Tanzania.
Scientists say one funky odor that makes most humans recoil - the pungent smell of old gym socks - is irresistible to mosquitoes.
Traps scented with the odor of human feet attracted four times as many mosquitoes as a human volunteer, said Fredros Okumu, the head of the research project at Tanzania's Ifakara Health Institute.