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).
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