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Experts in favour of tighter rules for DDT use against malaria

February 2, 2011 - 08:48 -- Guest (not verified)

UN-Experts on DDT recommend stricter rules when DDT is used for malaria vector control. Their report published ahead of the 5th Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention (COP-5, Geneva April 25-29, 2011), shows more and more concern about effects of DDT on human health as well as on the environment. Their report was released last week, showing that the international community might be moving towards new rules on the use of DDT.

Special issue of PLoS Medicine on a Global Research Agenda for Malaria Eradication

January 25, 2011 - 21:48 -- Bart G.J. Knols

The editors of the open access general medical journal PLoS Medicine are delighted to announce the publication of a collection of 12 reviews, comprising three reflective pieces and nine research and development agendas, as part of a sponsored Supplement. The Collection comprises the output of countless hours of discussion and debate by those involved in the malERA initiative and we hope that by publishing this Collection better transparency in defining research priorities will be achieved for malariologists around the world. The articles also provide fascinating insights into what the selected malaria experts who took part agree are the priority research themes that must be tackled in order to eradicate malaria.   

Let it snow: field-testing malaria-refractory strains by inundation

January 24, 2011 - 18:54 -- Mark Benedict

In July of 2010, the Mike Riehle lab reported that they had created a transgenic strain of Anopheles stephensi that was refractory to malaria (first author Corby-Harris (here and here). However, as they noted, there is no way to spread the transgene into wild populations thus making this an important laboratory finding waiting for an undeveloped drive mechanism. I’ll argue that this provides an opportunity rather than a hurdle. How? Read on.

Guest Editorial: Is eliminating malaria hopeless?

January 22, 2011 - 15:06 -- Bart G.J. Knols

Chris Blattman is an Assistant Professor of Political Science & Economics at Yale University. He uses field work and statistics to study poverty, political participation, the causes and consequences of violence, and policy in developing countries. Read his website here. I invited Chris to post his blog on malaria on the MW platform, shown below.


entrepreneurship in malaria

January 14, 2011 - 09:40 -- Marit Farenhorst

2011 is going to be an exciting year! I am venturing out of the academic boundaries (i.e. Universities) and will make my way to entrepreneurship. Together with 2 established colleagues I'm setting up a new business/research institute in The Neterlands. Our aim is to create innovative vector control solutions, in particular for disease-endemic countries.

The Green House Phenomenon

January 4, 2011 - 15:16 -- Patrick Sampao

Late last year, I was told of a newly discovered alternative use for mosquito nets that residents from a locality in Muranga, a district in Central Kenya, have embraced.  My informant called it the green house phenomena. I wanted to see the “green houses” for myself before saying much about them. Last weekend I set out to see what that was all about.

Happy New Year! Getting serious about GMO risks in 2011

January 1, 2011 - 23:34 -- Mark Benedict

As a gift to start 2011, I thought I’d help the anti-GMO-no-way-no-how folks with a critique of their arguments, and I’ll offer some real meat for them with which they might get greater respect. Let’s start 2011 by establishing some common ground.




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