A new PLOS One study suggests our genes may play a factor in how much mosquitoes want to dine on our blood. Last year, Paca Thomas and Jeffrey Bloomer explored the surprisingly robust scholarship on the subject, detailing the many factors that decide whether you will become the dreaded insect’s dinner. The video is reprinted above.
About 20 percent of the population seems to be bitten by mosquitoes more often than others. Why? Mosquitoes, it turns out, are a discriminating bunch, and several experiments have offered explanations for why some people are more enticing than others. The video above runs through the most common theories—some we can’t help, others we certainly can (looking at you, beer).