Graphene: Potential Protection Against Mosquito Borne Diseases

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Health Editor’s Note:  I find this potential material to repel mosquitoes as a big plus for protection from mosquitoes and the diseases they can spread. Graphene has been used in clothing for biohazard purposes for several years. I do not like to use mosquito repellents because of the chemical in them and a substance like this, that is its own physical barrier, makes sense, especially in mosquito repellent clothing. Not sure if this would be more expensive than the current repellents…Carol 

Graphene shield shows promise in blocking mosquito bites

By National Institutes of Health

An innovative graphene-based film helps shield people from disease-carrying mosquitos, according to a new study funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health. The research, conducted by the Brown University Superfund Research Center, Providence, Rhode Island, is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

“These findings could lead to new protective methods against mosquitos, without the environmental or human health effects of other chemical-based repellants,” said Heather Henry, Ph.D., a health scientist administrator with the NIEHS Superfund Research Program.

Researchers found dry graphene film seemed to interfere with mosquitos’ ability to sense skin and sweat because they did not land and try to bite. When they looked closely at videos taken of the mosquitos in action, they noticed the insects landed much less frequently on graphene than on bare skin. The graphene film also provided a strong barrier that mosquitos could not bite through, although when wet it did not stop mosquitos from landing on skin.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. You sure are fascinated by bugs! Everyday you post a huge magnified picture of a mosquito!
    What is this Veterans Today or Entomology Today?
    You might not be aware but WW2 Pacific Vets, Korean Vets and especially Vietnam Vets really do not want to be reminded of mosquitoes especially a huge gigantic enlarged monster filling their monitors!
    How about some articles that pertain to Veterans?

    • You do not understand – USA now declared a war against the mosquitoes/ Obey and take part in it. It is a war for democracy 🙂

    • Sarge, Mosquitoes also bite veterans, especially the one that lives at this house. Since mosquitoes carry so many diseases it is best to not let a mosquito have a taste. The mosquito warnings are not daily but as I have said before there is no earthly reason for these creatures.

  2. How is it possible to cover the complete human body by clothing that has graphene to protect from mosquito?
    Sounds unlikely, but may be helpful for the parts covered already.

    • Wolf, If you look at pictures of the suits made of graphene for biohazardous work, there is a mask involved. I cannot think that a suit such as this would be comfortable for your routine repelling of mosquitoes, but you can cover arms and legs and give them less territory to peruse…Carol

  3. Mosquitoes in Russia are so severe that they can pull fumigators out of sockets, pull a blanket from a sleeping person. And in Siberia, mosquitoes in the cold of minus 15 open the windows in people’s homes and fly in to warm up 🙂

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