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  • Researchers used an insect flight simulator (pictured here) along with CRISPR gene editing and RNAi techniques to determine that dopamine is a key mediator of aversive learning in mosquitoes.
    Photo by Kiley Riffell.
    Researchers used an insect flight simulator (pictured here) along with CRISPR gene editing and RNAi techniques to determine that dopamine is a key mediator of aversive learning in mosquitoes.
  • Chloé Lahondère (left) and Clément Vinauger are researchers in Virginia Tech's Department of Biochemistry.
    Photo by Kiley Riffell.
    Chloé Lahondère (left) and Clément Vinauger are researchers in Virginia Tech's Department of Biochemistry.
  • This picture shows a mosquito brain, highlighting the presence of dopamine in regions involved in the sense of smell. The purple areas indicate tyrosine hydroxylase, which is the precursor of dopamine.
    Photo courtesy of Gabriella Wolff.
    This picture shows a mosquito brain, highlighting the presence of dopamine in regions involved in the sense of smell. The purple areas indicate tyrosine hydroxylase, which is the precursor of dopamine.
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