April 23, 2015 | Dominique

Summer is nearly here, but with the sunshine come those pesky mosquitoes.

According to scientists, our genes may be the reason some of us are so appealing to mosquitoes. Researchers have found that mosquitoes are equally attracted to odour from identical twins (with identical genes), but discriminate between non-identical twins (with different genes). This implies our genes affect why mosquitoes bite some people more than others.

Understanding what attracts mosquitoes could lead to better repellants. Maybe one day I'll come back from holiday bite-free.

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Mosquitoes are also attracted to carbon dioxide in the air we exhale.

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