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Evolution of mosquito preference for humans linked to an odorant receptor
Published in
Nature, November 2014
DOI 10.1038/nature13964
Pubmed ID

Carolyn S. McBride, Felix Baier, Aman B. Omondi, Sarabeth A. Spitzer, Joel Lutomiah, Rosemary Sang, Rickard Ignell, Leslie B. Vosshall


Female mosquitoes are major vectors of human disease and the most dangerous are those that preferentially bite humans. A 'domestic' form of the mosquito Aedes aegypti has evolved to specialize in biting humans and is the main worldwide vector of dengue, yellow fever, and chikungunya viruses. The domestic form coexists with an ancestral, 'forest' form that prefers to bite non-human animals and is found along the coast of Kenya. We collected the two forms, established laboratory colonies, and document striking divergence in preference for human versus non-human animal odour. We further show that the evolution of preference for human odour in domestic mosquitoes is tightly linked to increases in the expression and ligand-sensitivity of the odorant receptor AaegOr4, which we found recognizes a compound present at high levels in human odour. Our results provide a rare example of a gene contributing to behavioural evolution and provide insight into how disease-vectoring mosquitoes came to specialize on humans.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 8 2%
Brazil 3 <1%
Germany 2 <1%
United Kingdom 2 <1%
Portugal 2 <1%
Taiwan 2 <1%
France 2 <1%
Canada 1 <1%
China 1 <1%
Other 6 1%
Unknown 491 94%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 126 24%
Researcher 120 23%
Student > Master 73 14%
Student > Bachelor 72 14%
Student > Doctoral Student 28 5%
Other 102 20%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 305 59%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 55 11%
Neuroscience 35 7%
Unspecified 35 7%
Environmental Science 18 3%
Other 73 14%

Attention Score in Context

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