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Human-Scented Trojan Cow Technology to Divert Blood-Sucking Insects Away From Humans

Posted by Josh Ponce on

ISCA Technologies announced today that Agenor Mafra-Neto’s ground breaking research on the development of a human-scented Trojan cow technology has been awarded a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges Explorations grant. Dr. Mafra-Neto’s team is developing an inexpensive, long lasting, ‘cologne’ that would alter the scent of livestock to mimic humans’. The ersatz odor will divert disease-carrying insects like mosquitoes from people to animals that have been pre-treated to resist infection. At the same time, blood-seeking insects that typically target animals will be confused or repelled by the altered odors emanating from the treated animal hosts. If successful, both...

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