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Squashing Malaria: Advances in Research and Prevention [Slide Show]

From satellites to bacteria, researchers are searching high and low for the best tools to eradicate malaria

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MAPPING A MOVING TARGET

Satellite data is now being tapped to track a number of vector-borne diseases , such as avian flu and rodent-spread hantavirus. And malaria researchers have put it to work to keep track of Plasmodium -carrying mosquitoes now, too.....[ More ]

NET GAINS

Insecticide-treated bed nets currently are one of the most effective weapons in the war on malaria because they are physical barriers, rather than a biological or chemical obstacle that mosquitoes can mutate to overcome (short of shrinking to penetrate the weave).....[ More ]

VACCINE TRIALS

Malaria, which has many strains across the globe, has proved a difficult target for vaccines. Early trials in the 1980s and 1990s of the vaccine SPf66 saw diminishing returns, and other candidates are in testing.....[ More ]

SPIT TEST

Testing for malaria has long required a blood sample, which necessitates not only trained medical personnel and sanitary equipment, but also people who are willing to have their blood drawn. "There's obviously a problem with the method we're using," Sungano Mharakurwa, scientific director of the Malaria Institute at Macha (MIAM) in Zambia, said at the summit.....[ More ]

BUILDING A BETTER MOSQUITO

It only requires one broken link to break the mosquito-to-human-to-mosquito cycle of malaria transmission. "Imagine if we could cure the mosquito of malaria ," said George Dimopoulos, an associate professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute (JHRMI), at Thursday's summit.....[ More ]

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