UC startup lets you smell good to friends, gross to mosquitoes

What if, rather than slathering yourself in potentially toxic DEET, you could arm yourself against mosquitoes with an effective, natural repellent that smelled mildly of grape and orange blossom?  SensoryGen, an Encinitas, California startup launched by UC Riverside researchers, is developing new approaches to combatting mosquitoes that could offer protection from deadly diseases like Zika, dengue fever and malaria, while improving backyard barbecues everywhere. UC Riverside entomology professor Anand Ray works with Sean Boyle, one of his graduate students. They are studying the sense of smell of insects and how that relates to the spread of insect-borne disease.Credit: Lonnie Duka Startup founders say they are about two years away from bringing to market a lotion made from naturally occurring plant-based compounds. The lotion is highly effective against mosquitoes, including Aedes Aegypti,…

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