Research on a radical new way to combat malaria and other devastating diseases could be knocked off track if a UN biodiversity conference imposes a moratorium on the work, a group of scientists have said.
Study findings showed that standard molecular diagnostics detect most potentially transmissible malaria infections and cannot be replaced by rapid diagnostic testing to screen for potential Plasmodium falciparum transmitters, researchers reported in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.
A Yale University-led team of researchers have created a vaccine that protects against malaria infection in mouse models, paving the way for the development of a human vaccine that works by targeting the specific protein that parasites use to evade the immune system. The study was published by Nature Communications.
Languishing with fever and frustrated by delays in diagnosing his illness, Brian Gitta came up with a bright idea: A malaria test that would not need blood samples or specialized laboratory technicians.
Gene-editing technologies that alter mosquitoes’ DNA could prove critical in the fight against malaria, Bill Gates said on Wednesday, and ethical concerns should not block progress in such gene-modifying research.