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In Vitro Malaria Sporozoite Production May Lead to Cheaper Vaccines
A method for culturing the infectious stage of the Plasmodium lifecycle could increase malaria vaccine production efficiency by tenfold, study authors say.
In Vitro Malaria Sporozoite Production May Lead to Cheaper Vaccines
In Vitro Malaria Sporozoite Production May Lead to Cheaper Vaccines

A method for culturing the infectious stage of the Plasmodium lifecycle could increase malaria vaccine production efficiency by tenfold, study authors say.

A method for culturing the infectious stage of the Plasmodium lifecycle could increase malaria vaccine production efficiency by tenfold, study authors say.

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Malaria Mosquitoes Bite More During the Day Than Previously Thought
Andy Carstens | May 17, 2022 | 2 min read
While malaria control strategies have focused on mosquitoes’ nocturnal activity, almost one-third of bites occur while the sun is up, a new study estimates.
back of a pest control van with a picture of indoor residual sprayer for malaria
Mosquito Memory: Pest Management’s New Hurdle
Sophie Fessl, PhD | Feb 21, 2022 | 3 min read
Mosquitoes avoid pesticides that they’ve had close encounters with, a fact that may complicate pest management.
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Hope, Concern Surround WHO Green Light of First Malaria Vaccine
Katarina Zimmer | Oct 28, 2021 | 10 min read
RTS,S has several flaws but could still save tens of thousands of lives, experts say.
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China Is Malaria-Free, Says World Health Organization
Annie Melchor | Jun 30, 2021 | 2 min read
The certification, a major accomplishment for the world’s most populous nation, may serve as an example to other countries struggling with malaria eradication.
New Malaria Vaccine Shows Most Efficacy of Any to Date: Small Trial
Catherine Offord | Apr 26, 2021 | 3 min read
Immunization had up to 77 percent efficacy in a Phase 2 clinical study of 450 children in Burkina Faso.
Humans Inoculated with Genetically Modified Malaria Parasites
Ruth Williams | May 20, 2020 | 4 min read
Engineered Plasmodium parasites form the basis of two experimental malaria vaccines that showed safety and encouraging immune responses in clinical trials.
Bioethicists Criticize WHO’s Malaria Vaccine Trial
Lisa Winter | Feb 28, 2020 | 3 min read
The study, conducted in Malawi, Kenya, and Ghana, did not obtain informed consent from each parent whose child participated, but rather considered consent “implied” because of the particular experimental design.
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Distribution of World’s First Malaria Vaccine Begins
Shawna Williams | Apr 23, 2019 | 1 min read
The World Health Organization and its partners will test the public health effect of immunization in parts of Malawi, Ghana, and Kenya.
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Infographic: Fighting Malaria Drug Resistance
Natalie Slivinski | Mar 1, 2019 | 2 min read
The parasite that causes malaria has evolved to evade many of the drugs that researchers have developed to fight the tropical disease.
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Are We Headed for a New Era of Malaria Drug Resistance?
Natalie Slivinski | Mar 1, 2019 | 10+ min read
Plasmodium falciparum has shown an ability to evade everything we throw at it, most recently artemisinin-based combination therapies, today’s front-line treatment.
Gene Drive–Equipped Mosquitoes Released into Lab Environment
Jef Akst | Feb 20, 2019 | 2 min read
The large-scale experiments aim to test how the technology would fare in the wild, if deployed to knock down populations of the pests.
Plant Engineered to Produce Higher Levels of Antimalarial Compound
Catherine Offord | Apr 25, 2018 | 2 min read
Researchers used the genome sequence of Artemisia annua to boost the plant’s production of artemisinin.
Children With Malaria Smell More Attractive to Mosquitoes
Shawna Williams | Apr 17, 2018 | 2 min read
The parasite changes people’s scent, primarily due to an increase in aldehydes.
Image of the Day: Skeeter Eater
The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff | Feb 22, 2018 | 1 min read
Geckos could help control mosquito-borne diseases, but their effectiveness depends on the environment.
Gene Drive Limitations
Jef Akst | Oct 9, 2017 | 2 min read
In lab populations of genetically engineered mosquitoes, mutations arose that blocked the gene drive’s spread and restored female fertility.
Using Gene Drives to Limit the Spread of Malaria
Tony Nolan and Andrea Crisanti | Jan 1, 2017 | 10 min read
Introducing genetic changes into mosquito populations could be key to effective malaria control.
Infographic: Using Gene Drive to Control Malaria
Tony Nolan and Andrea Crisanti | Dec 31, 2016 | 2 min read
For years, researchers have looked to genetically modify mosquitoes to prevent the spread of malaria. Now they have a promising strategy.
Study: Malaria Vax Can Lead to “Rebound” Infection
Tanya Lewis | Jun 30, 2016 | 2 min read
Rather than providing complete protection, the long-awaited vaccine merely delays infection by a few years, scientists show.
“Maleness” Gene Found in Malaria Mosquito
Anna Azvolinsky | Jun 30, 2016 | 3 min read
Researchers have identified the male-determining gene in the malaria mosquito, whose expression in females is lethal.
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