The world’s most dangerous animal at UC Davis
May 16, 2017
• It’s not a snake, or bear
• You have probably encountered one recently
It’s killed more people than all the lethal snakes, all the wild bears and wild cats in the world. And this most dangerous animal is likely within a few feet of you as you read this.
It’s the mosquito.
Female mosquitoes require a blood meal to complete egg development. "In carrying out this innate behavior, mosquitoes spread dangerous infectious diseases such as malaria, dengue, Zika, Chikungunya and yellow fever,” says molecular neurobiologist Leslie Vosshall of the Rockefeller University.
Ms. Vosshall will be in Davis on May 24th to deliver a free lecture on the "Neurobiology of the World's Most Dangerous Animal."
It is scheduled for 4:10 p.m., Wednesday, May 24 in the Student Community Center, UC Davis
The Vosshall laboratory studies the molecular neurobiology of mosquitoes.
"Humans attract mosquitoes via multiple sensory cues including emitted body odor, heat, and carbon dioxide in the breath. The mosquito perceives differences in these cues, both between and within species, to determine which animal or human to target for blood-feeding,” she says.
"Some of the questions we are currently addressing are: Why are some people more attractive to mosquitoes than others? How do insect repellents work? How are multiple sensory cues integrated in the mosquito brain to elicit innate behaviors? How do female mosquitoes select a suitable body of water to lay their eggs? The long-term goal of all of our work is to understand how behaviors emerge from the integration of sensory input with internal physiological states."
The seminar, open to all interested persons, is sponsored by the College of Biological Sciences and the Storer Life Sciences Endowment.