Scientists wipe out malaria-carrying mosquitoes in the lab by creating male-only offspring

Scientists have modified mosquitoes to produce sperm that will only create males, pioneering a fresh approach to eradicating malaria. In a study published in the journal Nature Communications, scientists from Imperial College London have tested a new genetic method that distorts the sex ratio of Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes, the main transmitters of the malaria parasite,…

Study turns parasite invasion theory on its head: Malaria vaccine may be destined to fail

Contact: Jen Middleton j.middleton@wellcome.ac.uk Wellcome Trust Current thinking on how the Toxoplasma gondii parasite invades its host is incorrect, according to a study published today in Nature Methods describing a new technique to knock out genes. The findings could have implications for other parasites from the same family, including malaria, and suggest that drugs that…

Plasmodium falciparum (Pf) malaria associated with Burkitt Lymphoma and Epstein Barr Virus

12-11-2012 WASHINGTON (Dec. 11, 2012) – New research, presented this morning at the 54th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH), has identified important associations between Plasmodium falciparum  (Pf) malaria and endemic Burkitt Lymphoma (eBL) that may help researchers identify young children who are more susceptible to eBL. Unlike previous studies in which…

Scores at risk as new breed of mosquito foils malaria prevention methods: There is NO KNOWN DNA match

Published: 16 September, 2012, 21:14 Annual deaths could jump by the hundreds of thousands because of a new species of mosquito, which bites people in the early evening rather than at night, making bed nets useless in the battle against malaria. The new strain of mosquito, which was discovered in the highlands of western Kenya…