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

Tags:  health  environment  insects  agriculture  ecology  malaria  zika  entomology  bugs  pest-control  mosquitoes  dengue  gene-drive

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

Tags:  health  environment  insects  agriculture  ecology  malaria  zika  entomology  bugs  pest-control  mosquitoes  dengue  gene-drive

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

Tags: pesticides malaria fabric health-and-medicine mosquitoes

How deforestation helps deadly viruses jump from animals to humans

Yellow fever, malaria and Ebola all spilled over from animals to humans at the edges of tropical forests. The new coronavirus is the latest zoonosis.

Maria Anice Mureb Sallum, Professor of Epidemiology, Universidade de São Paulo • conversation
June 25, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: health climate covid-19 coronavirus ebola pandemic malaria forests disease epidemics wildlife deforestation bats wildlife-trade monkeys mosquitoes yellow-fever zoonoses vectors carrying-capacity

Volcanic glass spray can kill mosquitoes

A new spray made with a type of volcanic glass shows promise in killing mosquitoes. That could help stop the spread of malaria.

Mick Kulikowski-NC State • futurity
June 8, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: insects pesticides malaria glass science-and-technology health-and-medicine mosquitoes coatings

The malaria parasite has its own internal clock

Understanding how the malaria parasite keeps time could help develop new weapons against a disease that kills a child every two minutes.

Robin Smith-Duke • futurity
May 15, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: malaria cells parasites health-and-medicine immune-systems

Early evening is the prime time for malaria infection

Mosquitoes are more likely to infect people with malaria in the early evening than in the middle of the night or the early morning, researchers find.

Sara LaJeunesse-Penn State • futurity
May 4, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: malaria temperature parasites time health-and-medicine mosquitoes

Malaria 'completely stopped' by microbe

Scientists say the microbe - found in the wild near Lake Victoria - has enormous potential.

By James Gallagher • bbcnews
May 4, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: malaria infection medical-research mosquitos

Antibody ‘kill switch’ could lead to malaria vaccine

The discovery of an antibody that trigger a "kill switch" in cells and cause them to self-destruct could lead to a new malaria vaccine.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
April 22, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: malaria vaccines antibodies parasites featured health-and-medicine

In the rush to innovate for COVID-19 drugs, sound science is still essential

To battle the coronavirus, strong regulatory protection from the FDA is essential.

Keith Joiner, Professor of Medicine, Economics and Health Promotions Science, University of Arizona • conversation
April 8, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  public-health  covid-19  coronavirus  malaria  fda  hydroxychloroquine  chloroquine

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