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Are transgenic mosquitoes beating old-school sterile insect technique?

June 5, 2012 - 16:42 -- Mark Benedict


A friend and colleague asked me whether all the media excitement about transgenic mosquitoes represents real accomplishments that beat non-transgenic sterile insect technique (SIT). Good question. In the first of a two-part blog, I’ll tell you where I think things stand, first in SIT. In the second part, I’ll look at population replacement.

The key to successful malaria eradication in Palestine/Israel 90 years ago

June 1, 2012 - 15:25 -- Anton Alexander

The article or blog ‘How was malaria of 100 years ago eradicated in Palestine/Israel? And without vaccine?’ of 21st May 2012 seemed incomplete, and needed an additional essential point explained.

To study vs to destroy

June 1, 2012 - 15:09 -- Ricardo Ataide

At the moment I'm waiting at Boston's International airport for a flight to Detroit to visit a friend, but in a couple of days I'll be back here to participate in a Malaria Eradication Course at Harvard's school of public health. I just browsed through the names and positions of the participants enrolled in the course and got a chill... Not many of us doing research will be there. 

A bug's life

May 25, 2012 - 19:53 -- Binny Mony


Gliding along, quite unseen,

So pleasant, life has never been,

I gobble up what you have in stock for me,

Though I’ve got zilch to offer thee!


When the stream begins to narrow down,

And your red has turned a lovely brown,

I try to stretch and give a gentle squeeze,

Your signature is wanted for open access petition to the White House

May 24, 2012 - 18:37 -- Tom Olijhoek


A very important point to make about this campaign is that THE PETITION CAN BE SIGNED BY ANYONE over 13 years in age with an email address, and from all parts of the world. So by signing this petition YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. The more signatures there are , the louder the message will be and the more chance there will be for rapid change.

If you are willing to sign the petition please go to the website access2research and follow the directives. Alternatively you can go direct to the WEthePEOPLE website.

Please sign and tell your colleagues, family, friends that they can sign too.

Where the real battle is won

May 23, 2012 - 03:23 -- Ricardo Ataide

May 9th, 2012

I fly out from Sao Paulo, a true concrete jungle, for my very first trip to the Amazonian Rainforest. As I fly over it I see miles and miles and miles of untouched rainforest crossed by natural waterfilled highways, some black as the night others the color of clay. Suddenly, the Amazon River. A true inland sea slowly heading east. Even more suddenly, a city with highrises, traffic, smog... it's Manaus. I quickly leave Manaus and the infantile shock of having to conciliate my childish image of the Amazon and the reality of today's situation and head to the city of Cruzeiro do Sul, in the State of Acre.

Amazing statements by leading malariologists

May 21, 2012 - 20:51 -- Bart G.J. Knols

Last week, publication of the WHO report on insecticide resistance did not go unnoticed. It was taken up by the journal Nature, and in a news article by Amy Maxmen some truly remarkable statements by some of the leading malaria researchers are to be found. I trust that these people saw the article and gave consent to its publication, so any quote in it must really have come from them. Be prepared...

How was malaria of 100 years ago eradicated in Palestine/Israel? And without vaccine?

May 21, 2012 - 09:55 -- Anton Alexander

How was malaria of 100 years ago eradicated in Palestine/Israel? And without vaccine?

The desperate state of the Holy Land 100 years ago may be appreciated upon reading the following:

"I have referred to the question of heat as one too often forgotten, but there are at the present time still great dangers in this semi-tropical region. Palestine suffers severely from that great scourge of the tropics - malaria .............

Winston Hide's courageous move

May 18, 2012 - 09:57 -- Bart G.J. Knols

This week, Harvard School of Public Health's Associate Professor Winston Hide made a courageous move: he resigned from being the associate editor of the journal Genomics (an Elsevier journal). Why? Because he could no longer accept the inability of scientists in developing countries to access full articles stuck behind paywalls thrown up by publishers. A bold and remarkable step. He published the rationale for making this decision this week in the Guardian.


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