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(LBE-0810) Mosquito Main Study


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Cues underlying the evolution of differential mosquito attraction

Principal Investigator:
Lindsay Bellani

Investigators:

Contact Information:
Clinical Research Support Office The Rockefeller University
1230 York Ave
New York, NY 10065
Telephone: 18007822737
Alt. Telephone: 18007822737
Email: rucares@rockefeller.edu
Enrollment Status:
Closed to Enrollment

Brief Summary of Protocol:
The reason for doing this research is to study why mosquitoes are attracted to certain humans more than others. Previous studies have shown that Aedes aegypti female mosquitoes are more attracted to some humans than to others, but it is not completely understood why the mosquitoes have this preference. We think that female mosquitoes may target humans whose blood is particularly full of nutrients that are important for mosquitoes to produce healthy eggs and survive. In this study, we want to determine how attractive our subjects are to mosquitoes. We then want to determine the nutrient composition of their blood at that time. Finally, we want to observe a small group of female mosquitoes as they feed on each subject. Then we can follow these mosquitoes and see how healthy they are and how many eggs they produce after feeding on each subject. Understanding why mosquitoes choose to bite particular groups of people may eventually allow us to develop new tools to reduce the spread of deadly mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, and West Nile fever.



Detailed Description of Protocol:




What specifically makes a person eligible for the study?
You may be eligible to enter this study:



Gender:
Both

Age(s):
18-65

Children permitted to participate:
No

Potential Benefits.....




Compensation:
Compensation is provided