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What makes some people mosquito 'magnets' and others mosquito 'repellants'?

4 March 2016 11:20 AM

The Naked Scientist explains the science behind the kind of body chemicals mosquitoes like and every science related issue.

The Naked Scientist explains the science behind the kind of body chemicals mosquitoes like, whether freezers are better than fridges and everything else.

Marketing maverick Sylvester Chauke, who is the Friday stand-in for 702/CapeTalk's Redi Tlhabi, speaks to the world-renowned specialist on an array of issues.

Listen to the conversation below:

There are a specific group of people who make specific combinations of chemicals in their sweat, which either smells gorgeous or disgusting for mosquitoes.

The Naked Scientist (Chris Smith)

Despite the cooler temperatures in the fridge, some bugs can still grow and flourish in those temperatures. That's why fridges are less good at keeping food in a good state for the long term than freezers.

The Naked Scientist (Chris Smith)

When we take organs from someone who is a close match to you but not completely identical, you have to give the person immune-suppressing drugs because the immune system will attack the foreign tissue.

The Naked Scientist (Chris Smith)

4 March 2016 11:20 AM