Sorting pupae of genetically modified mosquitoes before release to the wild.
Insecticides and mosquito nets only get you so far. Synthetic biologists are ready to take the battle against mosquito-borne disease to the level of DNA – which might spell the insects’ ultimate doom.
They spread disease and misery and account for millions of deaths every year. There's not a lot to be said for mosquitoes.
The link between microcephaly in unborn children and Zika hasn’t been definitely confirmed, but vaccine development is a top priority.
As Zika fear rises, people are inevitably asking why we don't have a vaccine to protect against the mosquito-borne virus.
Municipal workers wait before spraying insecticide to prevent the spread of Aedes aegypti mosquito at Sambodrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, January 26, 2016.
Zika was discovered almost 70 years ago, but wasn't associated with outbreaks until 2007. So how did this formerly obscure virus wind up causing so much trouble in Brazil?
‘Franken Mozzie’ goes under the spotlight.
The ethics of genetically modified mosquitoes and the gene-drive technology that seeks to spread them.
The original antigenic sin has made fighting diseases really difficult.
Innovative initiative aims to inspire pupils on the continent to take up careers in science.
New genetic technology could change the DNA of entire species to prevent them from spreading diseases.
Disase carrying insects are attracted to light bulbs – a constraint of domestic solar energy.
Solar is a vital piece of the energy puzzle for Africa, but there is an insect problem that comes with the light from solar.
Relapsing infections are critical for sustained malaria transmission in the Asia-Pacific.
Mayeta Clark/Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
A large number of children with malaria in the Asia-Pacific have relapses of the disease, not new infections. Malaria-programs must target these latent infections to completely eliminate the disease.
Anopheles Gambiae, one of three mosquitoes found in Africa that transmit malaria.
The irritating buzz that rings in your ear in the dead of the night comes from an insect barely traceable with your naked eye. Here are a few facts worth knowing about the mosquito.
A doctor observes mosquitoes to better understand the malaria parasite which has been developing a resistance to the anti-malarial drugs.
Across the world scientists are trying to find a new drug that the malaria carrying parasite will struggle to develop a resistance to.
Targeting the complex sugars on cancer cells is receiving renewed attention.
A young girl plays inside a mosquito net in Kibera, Nairobi.
Several countries within southern Africa are on the brink of eliminating malaria. But there are several challenges ahead.
Harvesting Artemisia annua.
Tu Youyou sifted through 2,000 ancient herbal remedies to develop a drug that now treats hundreds of millions of people a year.
1964 poster: ‘Prevent Malaria and Take Care of People’s Health.’
Painted by Wu Hao 吴昊
This year's Nobel Prize for Medicine went partly for research done during the Chinese Cultural Revolution based on traditional Chinese medicine. Here's the story of Project 523.
Indonesian schoolchildren show off the mark indicating they’ve just taken anti-filariasis medication, a drug that prevents just one of the world’s ‘neglected’ diseases.
The 2015 Nobel Prize in medicine went to research on remedies derived from natural compounds. Academia is continuing the fight against 'neglected' diseases by similarly hunting for new drugs in nature.
Never before has a Nobel gone to an expert in traditional Chinese medicine.
The first Chinese Nobel Prize in medicine was awarded for work based on traditional Chinese medicine. Will traditional medical knowledge now share the spotlight with evidence-based medicine?
New Nobel laureate William C Campbell.
Scientists William C Campbell, Satoshi Ōmura and Tu Youyou have been rewarded for their unglamorous but vital work on parasites that has improved the lives of millions.
Improving maternal mortality and ending preventable deaths in children are some of the health targets in the Sustainable Development Goals.
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade/Flickr
Health has secured its place as one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. But without clear mechanisms to report, finance or engage other sectors, could more end up as less?
Senegalese women treat mosquito nets with insecticides at a medical clinic in Northern Senegal.
As the World Health Organisation disbands the Roll Back Malaria secretariat, the focus is on the new malaria programme and whether it will have the same successes.