New Type Of Insect Repellent May Be Stronger Than DEET

Imagine an insect repellant that not only is thousands of times more effective than DEET – the active ingredient in most commercial mosquito repellants – but also works against all types of insects, including flies, moths and ants.  That possibility has been created by the discovery of a new class of insect repellant made in the laboratory of Laurence Zwiebel, Ph.D., professor of Biological Sciences and Pharmacology.  In preliminary tests with mosquitoes, the researchers found the new class of repellant, called Vanderbilt University Allosteric Agonist or VUAA1, to be thousands of times more effective than DEET. The compound works by affecting insects’ sense of smell through a newly discovered molecular channel.

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