Malaria led to speedy evolution on island off African coast

Findings from the island nation of Cabo Verde show malaria led to one of the speediest, most dramatic changes measured in the human genome, researchers say.

Robin Smith-Duke • futurity
Jan. 29, 2021 ~6 min

Malaria test is as simple as putting on a bandage

Researchers have created a low-cost, pain-free, super simple malaria test that delivers results in just a few minutes with a microneedle patch.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
Nov. 3, 2020 ~5 min

How do pandemics end? History suggests diseases fade but are almost never truly gone

As ready as you are to be done with COVID-19, it's not going anywhere soon. A historian of disease describes how once a pathogen emerges, it's usually here to stay.

Nükhet Varlik, Associate Professor of History, University of South Carolina • conversation
Oct. 14, 2020 ~9 min

Crystal insecticide is 12x better at killing malaria mosquitoes

A new crystal form of deltamethrin—a common insecticide used to control malaria—is up to 12 times more effective against mosquitoes than the existing form.

Rachel Harrison-NYU • futurity
Oct. 13, 2020 ~6 min

Fast, inexpensive test for malaria drills down to specifics

A team of researchers has developed a CRISPR-based malaria test that is fast, inexpensive and can be conducted in low-resource settings.

Benjamin Boettner • harvard
Sept. 21, 2020 ~6 min

More dengue fever and less malaria – mosquito control strategies may need to shift as Africa heats up

A warming climate may change the types of viruses that thrive. A new report suggests that the threat of malaria may be replaced by dengue, for which there is no treatment and no cure.

Jason Rasgon, Professor of Entomology and Disease Epidemiology, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
Sept. 9, 2020 ~5 min

Malaria: new map shows which areas will be at risk because of global warming

We modelled surface water across Africa to show which parts of the continent are climatically-suitable for malaria – and how this will change.

Chris Thomas, Global Professor in Water & Planetary Health, University of Lincoln • conversation
Aug. 28, 2020 ~8 min

An argument for gene drive technology to genetically control populations of insects like mosquitoes and locusts

Gene drive guarantees that a trait will be passed to the next generation. But should society use this tool to control insect populations?

Brian Lovett, Postdoctoral Researcher in Mycology, West Virginia University • conversation
July 14, 2020 ~10 min

An argument for gene drive technology to genetically control insects like mosquitoes and locusts

Gene drive guarantees that a trait will be passed to the next generation. But should society use this tool to control insect populations?

Brian Lovett, Postdoctoral Researcher in Mycology, West Virginia University • conversation
July 14, 2020 ~10 min

Treating fabric with this pesticide zaps mosquitoes

Transfluthrin, a pesticide that can kill malaria-carrying mosquitoes, could be applied to bed nets and curtains.

Duke-NUS • futurity
June 25, 2020 ~5 min

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