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New study reveals why mosquitoes suck

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Mosquitoes are one of the oldest pests on the planet; they’re also one of the most deadly.

The World Health Organization estimates that, every year, the bloodsuckers are responsible for several million deaths and hundreds of millions of cases of malaria and yellow fever.

Now, after millions of years and countless fatalities, a new study out of Caltech reveals why mosquitoes are such efficient hunters, and why man is virtually powerless to stop them.

Take Two spoke to Michael Dickinson, the senior author of the study.

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