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Climate change prompts debate among experts about spread of tropical diseases
Published on : Monday, January 10, 2011
A very controversial idea among ecologists, climatologists and biologists is that climate change will bring malaria and other tropical killers to our door. Epstein claims that evidence of the disease risks of climate change have grown in the past one decade. Climate change has played no role at all in the shifts in infectious-disease patterns over course of last few centuries, infectious-disease specialists note. Humans have absolutely no role, writes Arthur Allen in The Washington Post.
US Researchers engineer malaria-proof mosquito
Published on : Sunday, August 01, 2010
The parasite that causes the disease is unable to infect the genetically modified insects, a possible step toward eradicating the infection that kills nearly 1 million people a year. researchers achieved an unprecedented 100% blockage of the Plasmodium parasite in genetically modified mosquitoes. This is a great step towards eradication of malaria, reports Los Angeles Times.
'The Fever' by Sonia Shah traces malaria's domination of humanity
Published on : Monday, July 26, 2010
Every year, Malaria affects 250 million people and around one million die out of it, mostly children, Sonia Shah's "The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Mankind for 500,000 Years" is one of most significant science book for the general reader which came out this year, writes David Walton in Cleveland.
Malaria version mutates into killer
Published on : Tuesday, July 06, 2010
Tests established that the two patients paralyzed in Mumbai where infected with falciparum Malaria. Last year, a large part of the deaths in Malaria in Maharashtra happened in Mumbai.Vivas, a benign version of malaria has mutated into a killer, reports The Times of India.
Malaria threat as old as humanity
Published on : Friday, June 18, 2010
A new research published in the journal Current Biology found that malaria is as old as humanity.A correlation of decreasing genetic diversity with distance from sub-saharan africa was found reports The Hindu.
Glaxo Tries a Linux Approach
Published on : Wednesday, May 26, 2010
A decade ago, the Linux operating system helped spark a revolution in how software is developed. A move by GlaxoSmithKline PLC could test how well similar open-source principles work for developing new drugs.The pharmaceutical giant last week opened to the public the designs behind 13,500 chemical compounds that it said may be capable of inhibiting the parasite that causes malaria, writes Robert Guth in The Wall Street Journal.
Global warming not causing malaria, say experts
Published on : Saturday, May 22, 2010
A new study proves that global warming might not be responsible for Malaria. Paul Reiter, entomologist, Pasteur Institute, Paris said that it is oversimplification to trace down malaria to climate change. A rise in temperature might lead to malaria, but evidence shows that the rate of malaria has come down significantly in the 20th Century, reports The Medguru.
Control, not climate change, key to malaria
Published on : Thursday, May 20, 2010
A recent study opposes the claim that rising temperatures would aggravate the problem of malaria, which kills more than million people a year. It suggests that present interventions would do more good to solve the problem, reports The Times Of India.
Breakthrough in malaria study
Published on : Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Scientists have found that flipping an internal switch in Malaria could stop the spread of malaria.“We discovered a molecular switch. If the switch is on, then the mosquito has no immunity against parasites. If it is off then there is immunity”, said the lead author of the study. This new study is going to help in producing malaria vaccine, reports Hindustan Times.
Glaxo offers free malaria research
Published on : Wednesday, January 20, 2010
GlaxoSmithKline will seek approval for its Malaria vaccine by 2012. Glaxo's Chief executive Andrew Witty said that its returns would be ploughed back into further research. Glaxo will not discourage other companies by not-for-profit pricing, reports Mint.
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