A few days ago I grilled up some kielbasa in my Brooklyn backyard. Several mosquitoes were also enjoying dinner in my backyard, and one of them hit the motherlode: the little sucker bit me right on a bruise (a relic from SciAm's recent softball game against Popular Science). For a while I sported a beautiful purple-ringed red welt, but today I noticed that the mosquito bite is gone -- and so is the bruise underneath it.
Did the mosquito actually suck the blood out of my bruise? In fact, could it have bitten me there ON PURPOSE?
Or maybe my immune reaction to the mosquito bite somehow cleared out the bruise in that area more quickly than in the surrounding skin.
Either way, it looks pretty awesome. I'm glad it's still warm enough to wear a skirt!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Kate Schrock has been an editor of Scientific American MIND since 2007, where she edits feature articles and runs Head Lines, the magazine's news department. After studying astronomy and physics at the University of Southern California, she worked in the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging at the University of California, Los Angeles, studying the brain structure of people with schizophrenia. She then enrolled in the Science, Health and Environmental Reporting program at New York University, where she earned a master's degree in journalism.