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Mosquitoes ramp up immune defenses after sucking blood, Penn vet researcher finds

If you were about to enter a crowded subway during flu season, packed with people sneezing and coughing, wouldn’t it be helpful if your recognized the potentially risky situation and bolstered its defenses upon stepping into the train?

Mosquitoes Anticipate Malaria Infection
Researchers found that mosquitoes ramp up their immune system after drinking blood in anticipation of parasite infections.
Credit:University of Pennsylvania


The study was funded by the Wellcome Trust.

University of Pennsylvania