Monday, May 3, 2010

Mosquitoes prefer the blood of beer drinkers

This explains a lot.

The experiment was conducted four times: before beer, after beer, before water and after water.

The after-beer group drew 47% of the mosquitoes, compared to the 35% for the before-beer group.

But there was almost no difference between the before-water and after-water groups, who drew 37% and 38%, respectively.

“Despite individual volunteer variation, beer consumption consistently increased attractiveness to mosquitoes,” wrote the study's authors.

The researchers have no idea why mosquitoes prefer the odour of beer drinkers. All they could determine is that it wasn't related to increased breathing or changes in body temperature.

Read the entire article at the Toronto Sun.

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