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Cornell entomologist Laura Harrington and her student Lauren Cator have been studying the courtship and mating of the mosquito, Aedes aegypti, which spreads dengue and yellow fever. Despite its obvious importance, remarkably little is known about mosquito behavior.
The hope is that, by understanding the courtship of these mosquitoes, we may be able to control their population more effectively.
Harrington's research is supported by numerous grants including one from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.