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Experts : Malaria can cause cancer among children

Experts : Malaria can cause cancer among children

Although the World Health Organisation (WHO) still maintains that the real cause of cancer in children is yet to be known, it warns that some infections could increase the risk in children. Although the World Health Organisation (WHO) still maintains that the real cause of cancer in children is yet to be known, it warns ...

Mosquito Gene Drive DNA Ending Population

Mosquito Gene Drive DNA Ending Population

Researchers from the United Kingdom’s Imperial College London have developed a new, promising approach to add to the toolset: A “gene drive” which disseminates a genetic modification that stops female mosquitoes from reproducing. “If this genetic modification can have the ability to incapacitate the female mosquito’s ability to reproduce it could be an incredibly powerful tool ...

Promising Early-Stage Results for Novel Malaria Therapeutics

Promising Early-Stage Results for Novel Malaria Therapeutics

Two antimalarial strategies have been published from Imperial College London in the past month: new compounds that prevent the malaria parasite from infecting mosquitoes and gene-edited mosquitoes that cannot reproduce, leading to population destruction. Malaria is a potentially fatal disease caused by infection with certain species of the Plasmodiumparasite. Female Anopheles mosquitoes are the vectors that the parasite needs to reproduce and infect new …

Japanese paint to help Zambia eliminate malaria

Japanese paint to help Zambia eliminate malaria

A Japanese paint producer has launched the world's first mosquito-repellant paint in Zambia to help it reach a target to eliminate malaria by 2021, the company and a Japanese government official said. Malaria, spread by mosquitoes, is a treatable disease if caught early, but current anti-malarial drugs are failing in many areas as people develop ...

Malaria breakthrough drugs testing research study

Malaria breakthrough drugs testing research study

Malaria is an incredibly devastating disease that regularly infects hundreds of millions of people every year, causing hundreds of thousands of deaths. In tropical areas, the disease runs rampant as infected mosquitoes spread the parasite from person to person. The most common preventative measures to curb the spread are mosquito nets and pesticides to keep ...

Gene tweak kills whole population of malaria-carrying mosquitoes in lab

Gene tweak kills whole population of malaria-carrying mosquitoes in lab

Scientists have killed a whole population of malaria-carrying mosquitoes in their lab by using modified genes that make the killer insects infertile. Researchers at London's Imperial College used "gene drive" technology to spread a genetic modification that blocks female reproduction while letting male mosquitoes continue to spread those altered genes. The results, published Monday in ...

Malaria vaccine work deploys parasite-fighting cells to liver

Malaria vaccine work deploys parasite-fighting cells to liver

After an infected mosquito bite, malaria parasites travel from the bite site to the liver. For that reason, the liver has become the target of numerous efforts to develop a potential vaccine. Currently there are no approved vaccines for people against any parasitic diseases, including malaria. Using a novel, liver-targeted vaccination strategy, researchers now have ...