Researchers letting themselves be bitten by mosquitoes to find out what attracts malaria mosquitoes seem to be a thing of the past. And if lots of students sign up to help Niels Verhulst with his project for the Laboratory of Entomology, even the researchers in Africa will no longer have to walk around in shorts to find out how many malaria mosquitoes there are in an area. A mosquito trap containing the smell of your feet will do all the work.
Verhulst urgently needs people who are prepared to help him with his research. But volunteers must be male. ‘Women smell different during or after menstruation.’ Unlike food tests, there is no financial compensation for helping the entomologist. ‘We hope that students will be motivated by knowing that the study is helping the fight against malaria.’