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Monell Center receives $100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations grant
Date:5/4/2009

Drosophila Chemosensory Laboratory at Monell uses the fruit fly as a model to understand the relationships between genetics, chemosensation, and feeding. Parallel studies in Breslin's lab address the genetics of taste, smell, and chemical irritation in humans.

"By deterring mosquito tasting on human skin, we can help to stop the transmission of devastating diseases such as malaria," said Breslin. "The Grand Challenges Explorations grant will enable us to find out what it is about humans that mosquitoes find tasty. With that critical piece of information, we can then develop inhibitors to those substances. Once humans no longer taste good to mosquitoes, they will no longer use us as food."

"The winners of these grants are doing truly exciting and innovative work," said Dr. Tachi Yamada, president of the Gates Foundation's Global Health Program. "I'm optimistic that some of these exploratory projects will lead to life-saving breakthroughs for people in the world's poorest countries."


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Contact: Leslie Stein
stein@monell.org
267-519-4707
Monell Chemical Senses Center
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