17 Oct '11, 6pm

Female mosquitoes prefer people with blood-type O. They also like those who wear darker clothes. Itchy bites anyone?

Female mosquitoes prefer people with blood-type O. They also like those who wear darker clothes. Itchy bites anyone?

A Japanese study in 2004 exposed subjects to hungry female mosquitoes and found that subjects with blood-type O were twice as likely to be bitten than non-O types. Apparently, certain people secrete more saccharides (sugar-like chemicals related to blood type) through their skin. And the attraction begins long before the landing. “Mosquitoes can smell their dinner from up to 50m away,” says John Edman, PhD, from the Entomological Society of America. No surprise: The darned skeeters had over 100 million years to perfect their sense of smell.

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