Malaria

  • When it comes to fighting malaria, researchers not only need to stop the killer cold in its tracks, but they also have to ensure their solutions harm only disease-carrying mosquitos and not the rest of the environment. A new turbocharged fungus promises to do exactly that.
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    Chitin, which occurs in crustacean shells, has already been suggested for use in things like wound dressings, cheaper pharmaceuticals, and even proton-conducting transistors. Now, researchers have found that when combined with silver, it could also be used to kill malaria-spreading mosquitoes.​
  • When 18 malaria patients in the Congo failed to respond to conventional treatments, doctors knew they had to act fast – and try something different. So instead of turning to more synthetic drugs, they turned instead to nature and found a solution that delivered remarkable results.
  • According to WHO, 90 percent of 2015's malaria cases occurred in Africa, as did 92 percent of malaria deaths. It is here that WHO has chosen to trial the world's first malaria vaccine beginning next year, with Ghana, Kenya and Malawi to be the first recipients.
  • According to the WHO, malaria was the cause of almost 430,000 deaths in 2015. A new vaccine that introduces live malaria parasites into the bloodstream has just undergone clinical trials in humans, and been shown to provide long-term protection with effectiveness of up to 100 percent.
  • ​The malaria battle is taking place on many fronts, including vaccines and insecticides. The issue with them is that the parasites can evolve to develop resistance. New research though, might now give the world another method of trying to beat back the disease that caused 429,000 deaths in 2015.
  • ​In the battle against malaria, science is taking a true 360-degree approach. But oddly, according to researchers at Imperial College London, one major component to malaria research has been absent. Their new research fills the gap and could help vaccine development.
  • It's not them, it's you: Could the cure for malaria lie in changing the way human beings smell and taste to mosquitoes?
  • Malaria is a common and dangerous disease, killing hundreds of thousands of people each year. Now, scientists have developed a synthetic protein which not only completely cures the disease in mice, but also prevents it from recurring down the track.
  • Malaria-carrying mosquitos can develop a tolerance for insecticides, plus there are environmental factors to consider. Now, solar-powered traps are showing great promise, in a pilot project that took place in Kenya.​
  • Scientists have developed a CRISPR/Cas9 technique that could stop entire mosquito populations from transmitting the malaria parasite to humans. This could be much more environmentally sustainable approach than the usual focus on dramatically reducing mosquito populations.
  • Using gene splicing, the team is working on a way to introduce a strain of infertility into female Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes that can be passed from one generation to the next to significantly cut, if not eradicate, local populations of the malaria-carrying insect.