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Composition of Human Skin Microbiota Affects Attractiveness to Malaria Mosquitoes

  • Niels O. Verhulst mail,

    Niels.Verhulst@wur.nl

    Affiliation: Laboratory of Entomology, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands

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  • Yu Tong Qiu,

    Affiliation: Laboratory of Entomology, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands

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  • Hans Beijleveld,

    Affiliations: Laboratory of Entomology, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands, Sub-department of Environmental Technology, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands

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  • Chris Maliepaard,

    Affiliation: Wageningen UR Plant Breeding, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands

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  • Dan Knights,

    Affiliation: Department of Computer Science, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, United States of America

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  • Stefan Schulz,

    Affiliation: Institut für Organische Chemie, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany

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  • Donna Berg-Lyons,

    Affiliation: Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, United States of America

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  • Christian L. Lauber,

    Affiliation: Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, United States of America

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  • Willem Verduijn,

    Affiliation: Department of Immunohematology and Blood Transfusion, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands

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  • Geert W. Haasnoot,

    Affiliation: Department of Immunohematology and Blood Transfusion, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands

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  • Roland Mumm,

    Affiliations: Business Unit Bioscience, Plant Research International, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands, Centre for BioSystems Genomics, Wageningen, The Netherlands

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  • Harro J. Bouwmeester,

    Affiliation: Laboratory of Plant Physiology, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands

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  • Frans H. J. Claas,

    Affiliation: Department of Immunohematology and Blood Transfusion, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands

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  • Marcel Dicke,

    Affiliation: Laboratory of Entomology, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands

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  • Joop J. A. van Loon,

    Affiliation: Laboratory of Entomology, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands

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  • Willem Takken,

    Affiliation: Laboratory of Entomology, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands

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  • Rob Knight,

    Affiliations: Department of Computer Science, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, United States of America, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Boulder, Colorado, United States of America

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  • Renate C. Smallegange

    Affiliation: Laboratory of Entomology, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands

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  • Published: December 28, 2011
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0028991

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Media Coverage of This Article

Posted by PLoS_ONE_Group on 30 Dec 2011 at 19:59 GMT

The following article represents some of the media coverage that has occurred for this paper:

Publication: NPR
Title: “Body Odor May Explain Why Mosquitoes Prefer Certain People : The Two-Way : NPR”
http://www.npr.org/blogs/...

Publication: Web MD
Title: “Scientists think the most important mosquito enticements are the chemicals we emit through our sweat”
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Publication: MSNBC
Title: “Vitals - Why do mosquitoes love you? It's your microbes”
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Publication: Huffington Post
Title: “Skin Microbes Affect How Attractive We Are To Mosquitoes, Study Suggests”
http://www.huffingtonpost...

Publication: Mirror.co.uk
Title: “Mosquito bites 'down to whether they like how you smell' - mirror.co.uk”
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Publication: Daily Mail
Title: “How to avoid mosquito bites: Smelly feet attract blood-sucking insects to humans | Mail Online”
http://www.dailymail.co.u...

Publication: Zee News India
Title: “Blame skin microbes for mosquito bites”
http://zeenews.india.com/...

Publication: India Today
Title: “Body odour attracts mosquitoes to humans, says study : North News - India Today”
http://indiatoday.intoday...

Publication: The Press Association
Title: “The Press Association: Smelly feet linked to malaria risk”
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Publication: Top News Arab Emirates
Title: “Mosquitoes Get Attracted by Body Odor, Say Researchers | TopNews Arab Emirates”
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Publication: Top News New Zealand
Title: “Mosquitoes Are Attracted by Body Odors | TopNews New Zealand”
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Publication: Med India
Title: “Body Odor Attracts Mosquitoes That Spread Malaria | MedIndia”
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Publication: i09
Title: “The secret to preventing malaria might be in our body odor”
http://io9.com/5871747/th...

Publication: Discover Magazine
Title: “Skin bacteria affect how attractive we smell to malarial mosquitoes | Not Exactly Rocket Science | Discover Magazine”
http://blogs.discovermaga...

Publication: Live Science
Title: “Mosquitoes Pick Out Human Meals With Help from Microbes | Microbes & Health | Malaria | LiveScience”
http://www.livescience.co...

Publication: Eureka Alert
Title: “Microbial communities on skin affect humans' attractiveness to mosquitoes”
http://www.eurekalert.org...

Publication: MSN New Zealand
Title: “Smelly Feet Linked To Malaria Risk”
http://news.msn.co.nz/wor...

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RE: Media Coverage of This Article

PLoS_ONE_Group replied to PLoS_ONE_Group on 06 Jan 2012 at 19:11 GMT

The following article represents some of the media coverage that has occurred for this paper:

Publication: Scientific American
Title: “Microbes Make Some People Smell Delicious To Mosquitoes: Scientific American Podcast”
http://www.scientificamer...

Publication: World First.co.uk
Title: “Smelly feet 'increase malaria risk' | World First Travel Insurance”
http://www.world-first.co...

Publication: Ground Report
Title: “Why Some People Attract Mosquitoes More? | GroundReport”
http://www.groundreport.c...

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RE: RE: Media Coverage of This Article

PLoS_ONE_Group replied to PLoS_ONE_Group on 13 Jan 2012 at 19:31 GMT

The following article represents some of the media coverage that has occurred for this paper:

Publication: Epoch Times
Title: “Bacteria on Skin Affects Attractiveness to Mosquitoes”
http://www.theepochtimes....

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