U.S. scientists are developing a repellent against mosquitoes that will settle genetically modified bacteria on human skin. The work is being carried out within the framework of the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) program.
The new agent should be applied to skin once in two weeks. It will retain its effect even if a person bathes regularly. In addition, the repellent should be odorless and cause irritation.
Currently, research is in its early stages. The prototype must be tested on animals to prove safety and efficacy. Only after that will it be possible to start experiments on humans.