Sub-Saharan Africa bears the burden of the world’s malaria cases.
Blood tests used to diagnose malaria can't detect low levels of the disease causing parasite and are hard to administer. A new portable spit test may provide a better alternative.
Personalised medicine aims to tailor treatment according to each person’s genetic makeup.
Gene sequences can be manipulated to prevent certain diseases and improve public health.
Drones are being used to combat malaria in Zanzibar.
Significant new insights are emerging for the treatment of malaria, and eventually its eradication.
Anopheles stephensi mosquito bites a human to get a blood meal through its pointed proboscis. A droplet of blood is expelled from the abdomen after having engorged itself.
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Researchers are exploring genetic forms of population control called gene drives that spread traits faster that happens naturally. The goal is to curb mosquito-borne diseases like malaria.
View of Taichung City, Taiwan, behind a mosquito net.
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Genetically modified mosquitoes breed fear and suspicion, especially since the research happens behind closed doors, away from the public. Now scientists and architects are trying to change that model.
Bed nets treated with insecticide have been effective in fighting malaria in Africa.
The fight against malaria needs scientific innovation. But community buy-in is just as important.
High magnification view of mosquito pupae and larvae underwater.
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Researchers have tried unsuccessfully for decades to develop a malaria vaccine. Now a new approach, showing promise in mice, suggests it is possible to block mosquitoes from spreading the disease.
A close-up of a female Anopheles arabiensis feeding.
South Africa is piloting a new technique as it drives to eliminate malaria.
Scientists analysing data at the South-South Malaria Research Partnership project laboratory in Kenya.
Progress in malaria control has stalled. Research towards an effective vaccine is underway.
Even without drugs, nets or an understanding of what caused malaria, human bodies were still fighting against the parasite – and winning.
Today, human populations carry heavy genetic marks from the war with malaria. And it is the red blood cell (erythrocyte) that mostly bears the scars.
Mountain and lowland gorillas are vulnerable to malaria.
Malaria can be transmitted from humans to gorillas, with devastating effects.
The airways inside the human lung.
Cystic fibrosis is the most common genetic disease among Caucasians. Now scientists believe they have discovered the origin of this often lethal genetic mutation and how it spread throughout Europe.
More than 3.9 billion people live in regions where the Aedes aegypti mosquito is present. This species transmits Zika, dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever.
For several billion people mosquitoes are more than a nuisance -- they transmit deadly diseases. Now genetic modification may prove the most effective defense against the mosquito, preventing disease.
Don’t scratch it!
Mosquitoes are picky about who they bite but it's not actually "us" that they're smelling when they choose their next meal...
New research could allow us greater control over what happens to genetically modified organisms once they're in the wild.
High tech plus ‘bucket and spade’ employed in the fight against malaria.
High-tech drones and low-tech 'bucket and spade' are helping Malawians fight malaria.
A female deer tick on a piece of straw.
The CDC recently announced an uptick in diseases spread by vectors such as mosquitoes and ticks. Here's why and what you can do to lower your risk.
Malaria in pregnancy poses substantial risks to mothers and their babies.
Discoveries as a result of ongoing research on malaria in pregnant women in Papua are helping to develop better treatments to fight the disease.
Fake medicines are a lucrative global business. When it comes to malaria drugs that don’t work, they can be deadly.
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Each year, 500,000 people die of malaria annually, a preventable disease. Most of them children in Africa, where many anti-malarial drugs are fake or substandard.