"Am i attractive ?" :: 2009

In collaboration with Dr. James Logan team from Rothamsted Research, UK.

The concept for Why me object is that people find out, in a playful way, if their odour is attractive or unattractive to mosquitoes.

Two people place their hands in opposite sides of the object and in an average of 90 seconds the insects will invariable fly towards the most attractive scent.

The aim of project was to create a tool to raise awareness for this particular research and ultimately gather volunteers to find which specific chemicals are the mosquitoes attracted to. 

Pictures from project development at Rothamsted Research, July 2009.
Courtesy of  Dr. James Logan and Mr. James Cook.

WHY ME ? Rothamsted Research

1.2 million people die each year from malaria
Why some people are more attractive to mosquitoes than others?
Could human scent provide an answer for malaria researchers?

Courtesy of Dr. James Logan :: Rothamsted Research

Dr. James Logan and his team at Rothamsted Research Laboratory have developed a new theory to explain why some people are more attractive to mosquitoes and midges than others, which might help further research into major international health problems.
People who are unattractive to biting insects mask the attractive odours chemicals within their body odour.