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Researchers make smelly feet serum to lure, kill mosquitoes

Researchers in Africa developed a potent serum, similar to that of human foot odor, to lure and kill mosquitoes.

July 27, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Researchers in Tanzania, Africa are making the best of a stinky situation.

The team discovered that mosquitoes are attracted to the smell of stinky feet.

So in an effort to cut back on the spread of malaria, scientists developed a potent serum, similar to that of human foot odor, to lure and kill mosquitoes.

The synthetic smell is used outdoors in so-called mosquito landing boxes.

Malaria kills about 800,000 people a year. Most of the victims are children in Africa.