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Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease caused by a parasite called Plasmodium - when infected mosquitoes bite the human body, the parasites multiply in the liver, and then infect red blood cells. Even though this potentially fatal disease can be prevented and cured, each year 350-500 million cases of malaria still occur worldwide, and over one million people die, most of them young children in Africa south of the Sahara, where one in every five (20%) childhood deaths is due to the effects of the disease.

Malaria is so common in Africa because a lack of resources and political instability have prevented the building of solid malaria control programs. Experts say an African child has on average between 1.6 and 5.4 episodes of malaria fever each year and according to the World Health Organization (WHO) as many as half of the world's population are at risk of malaria mainly in the world's poorest and most vulnerable countries and every 30 seconds a child dies from malaria.
Microbial communities with auxotrophs more likely to have increased drug tolerance, study finds

Microbial communities with auxotrophs more likely to have increased drug tolerance, study finds

Improving the long-term effectiveness of TB vaccine in mice

Improving the long-term effectiveness of TB vaccine in mice

Experts identify a potential new target for antimalarial development

Experts identify a potential new target for antimalarial development

Study reveals how a fly’s brain contributes to sensing the cold and limiting reproduction

Study reveals how a fly’s brain contributes to sensing the cold and limiting reproduction

Study provides insight into the mechanism of action of DNA topoisomerase VI at the molecular level

Study provides insight into the mechanism of action of DNA topoisomerase VI at the molecular level

Non-neutralizing antibodies likely to protect against COVID, says study

Non-neutralizing antibodies likely to protect against COVID, says study

Understanding mosquitoes' mating game could help curb the spread of malaria

Understanding mosquitoes' mating game could help curb the spread of malaria

New high-quality assay can be used in at-home tests for rapid COVID-19 screening

New high-quality assay can be used in at-home tests for rapid COVID-19 screening

Study reveals strong link between infection rates and authoritarian attitudes, governance

Study reveals strong link between infection rates and authoritarian attitudes, governance

Study outlines the advantages of organoids for basic research into coronaviruses

Study outlines the advantages of organoids for basic research into coronaviruses

Researchers identify new forms of mosquito immune cells

Researchers identify new forms of mosquito immune cells

Researchers create new drug database to facilitate repurposing of drugs

Researchers create new drug database to facilitate repurposing of drugs

Carrying out CRISPR/Cas9 in Space

Carrying out CRISPR/Cas9 in Space

New technique boosts the efficacy of future malaria vaccines

New technique boosts the efficacy of future malaria vaccines

Advanced video microscopy reveals molecular details of malaria invasion

Advanced video microscopy reveals molecular details of malaria invasion

Scientists design new gene drive to stop the transmission of devastating diseases

Scientists design new gene drive to stop the transmission of devastating diseases

Climate change makes future outbreaks of West Nile virus more likely in the UK

Climate change makes future outbreaks of West Nile virus more likely in the UK

Genetic editing tools stop the spread of Culex mosquitoes

Genetic editing tools stop the spread of Culex mosquitoes

New drug-like compound designed to stop malaria in its tracks

New drug-like compound designed to stop malaria in its tracks

National DNA Day 2021: An Interview with Professor George Church

National DNA Day 2021: An Interview with Professor George Church

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