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Last updated: 17 february, 2011 - 11:52 GMT

Why a spider that likes smelly socks could help fight against malaria

A male East African jumping spider, Evarcha culcivora, eating mosquitoes

The jumping spider preys on malaria-carrying mosquitoes

Scientists in Kenya say they have discovered a mosquito-eating spider that is drawn to the smell of human sweat.

A study has shown that the East African jumping spider, Evarcha culicivora, is attracted by the odour of sweaty socks.

They believe this discovery could help in the fight against malaria.

Dr Fiona Cross is one of the authors of the study.

She spoke the BBC's James Coomarasamy from the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology in Western Kenya.

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First broadcast 16 February 2011

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