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People with fruity smelling sweat get bitten less by mosquitoes.

Byline: ANI

London, Sept 6 (ANI):Ever wondered why some people are bitten less than others by mosquitoes and midges midges

see ceratopogonidae and culicoides.
? Well, the answer is: their sweet-smelling sweat.

In a new study, boffins have discovered key differences in the body odours produced by people who are more prone to insect bites compared to those who seem resistant. And the crucial difference is - such individuals have lower levels of fruity smelling compounds in their sweat.

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 researchers, these compounds, known as ketones Ketones
Poisonous acidic chemicals produced by the body when fat instead of glucose is burned for energy. Breakdown of fat occurs when not enough insulin is present to channel glucose into body cells.

Mentioned in: Diabetic Ketoacidosis, Urinalysis
, repel mosquitoes. People who produce high levels are less likely to be bitten, reports The Telegraph.

Therefore, following the discovery, the researchers are developing a new kind of insect repellent insect repellent, substance applied to the skin in order to provide protection against biting insects, primarily mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, fleas, and certain flies.  to help those whose bodies do not smell so fruity.

Tests in Kenya and Brazil, where mosquitoes can transmit malaria and yellow fever yellow fever, acute infectious disease endemic in tropical Africa and many areas of South America. Epidemics have extended into subtropical and temperate regions during warm seasons. , have proved "very effective".

Dr James Logan James Logan is the name of:
  • James Logan (statesman) (1674–1751), colonial American statesman.
  • James Logan (author), Scottish author, wrote Scottish Gael (1831), list of clan tartans
, a researcher at Rothamsted Research, a government-funded research institute, said: "Mosquitoes can detect a wide range of different chemicals and signals to help them identify something as a human being.

"The higher concentrations of these ketones seems to trick the mosquitoes into thinking what they are smelling is not a human. It could be that these chemicals carry a message about the people who produce them that makes them unattractive to mosquitoes.

"We have been testing these chemicals on the skin to see how effective they are as repellents and have shown they are effective against three different species of mosquito."

To reach the conclusion, Logan, working with colleagues at Aberdeen University, analysed the body odours produced by a panel of volunteers found to be resistant to mosquitoes and compared them with the body odours of those who attracted the insects.

Logan is presenting his work at Pestival, an insect art and science event on insects. (ANI)

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