• Malaria Drug Resistance is Caused by Single Mutated Gene in the Disease-Causing Parasite
    Growing resistance to malaria drugs in Southeast Asia is caused by a single mutated gene inside the disease-causing Plasmodium falciparum parasite, according to a study led by David Fidock, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology and of medical sciences at Columbia ...More
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  • Nanotechnology is Used Against Malaria Parasites
    Malaria parasites invade human red blood cells, they then disrupt them and infect others. Researchers at the University of Basel and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute have now developed so-called nanomimics of host cell membranes that trick the parasites. This ...More
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  • WHO Says Scale-up in Effective Malaria Control Dramatically Reduces Deaths
    The number of people dying from malaria has fallen dramatically since 2000 and malaria cases are also steadily declining, according to the World Malaria Report 2014. Between 2000 and 2013, the malaria mortality rate decreased by 47 percent worldwide and by 54 ...More
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  • Malaria Researchers Use New Genomic Tools to Individualize Parasite Analysis
    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded Texas Biomedical Research Institute staff scientist Ian Cheeseman, PhD, more than $450,000 in first-year funding and is expected to receive up to $1.8 million over four years to continue research into a new method for ...More
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  • Promising Compound Rapidly Eliminates Malaria Parasite
    An international research collaborative has determined that a promising anti-malarial compound tricks the immune system to rapidly destroy red blood cells infected with the malaria parasite but leave healthy cells unharmed. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists ...More
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  • Some Mosquitoes Better at Carrying Malaria Than Others
    Certain species of mosquitoes are genetically better at transmitting malaria than even some of their close cousins, according to a multi-institutional team of researchers including Virginia Tech scientists. Of about 450 different species of mosquitoes in the Anopheles ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Notre Dame Biologist Leads Sequencing of the Genomes of Malaria-Carrying Mosquitoes
    Nora Besansky, the O'Hara Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame and a member of the University's Eck Institute for Global Health, has led an international team of scientists in sequencing the genomes of 16 Anopheles mosquito species from around ...More
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  • Mosquito-Feeding Study May Help Stem Dangerous Viruses
    Mosquitoes bite male birds nearly twice as often as they bite females, a finding that may help scientists understand how to stem some viruses from spreading to humans, new University of Florida research shows. In findings published online today in Royal Society Open ...More
    November 5, 2014 Posted in News
  • Fighting Infectious Disease with Cloud Computing
    UC San Francisco (UCSF) is working to create an online platform that health workers around the world can use to predict where malaria is likely to be transmitted using data on Google Earth Engine. The goal is to enable resource poor countries to wage more targeted and ...More
    September 11, 2014 Posted in News
  • Scientists Uncover New Way to Diagnose Malaria Using Magnetic Fields
    Over the past several decades, malaria diagnosis has changed very little. After taking a blood sample from a patient, a technician smears the blood across a glass slide, stains it with a special dye, and looks under a microscope for the Plasmodium parasite, which causes the ...More
    September 2, 2014 Posted in News
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