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Guilt by association: GM Mosquito = Monsanto Profits

September 26, 2010 - 23:16 -- Mark Benedict

Researchers who have been devoting themselves to creation of mosquitoes that cannot transmit disease are facing formidable foes: a warm reception for specious arguments and deep pocket anti-GM organizations.Plans to release GM mosquitoes in Malaysia provide a window into the opposition. Will GM mosquitoes be given a chance to improve human health?

Vestergaard-Frandsen and MalariaWorld support Kenyan children's home

September 26, 2010 - 23:00 -- Bart G.J. Knols

In June I was invited to take part in a discussion forum on global health in Breda, The Netherlands. Following my talk on malaria I was approached by a lady called Thea Bekkers, who got my attention with a gripping story about an orphanage in Kenya that she supports. In short, the home, which houses some thirty children is poorly resourced and in dire need of preventive tools against malaria. Nets. They simply needed nets.

 

CLOSED Job: Post-Doc in Vector Chemosensory Neurobiology & Behavior, Vanderbilt University, USA

September 24, 2010 - 21:58 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

Several NIH and Foundation-funded post-doctoral positions are available in the laboratory of LJ Zwiebel in the Departments of Biological Sciences and Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University.

A geography of resistance mutations in Africa

September 8, 2010 - 11:02 -- Cally Roper

We have collated and mapped reports of the dhps K540E mutation in Africa. The mutation is a marker of resistance to SP (Fansidar) and has a remarkable geographical distribution.

Check the interactive map http://www.drugresistancemaps.org/maps/dhps540/ to see the distribution and check that your study has been included.

Inbarani Naidoo and Cally Roper

Mosquito eradication – a fight against wind mills

August 18, 2010 - 16:55 -- Lena Hulden

Human has been successful in the eradication of species as the moa or the dront. The war against mosquitoes started in the beginning of the 20th century and more effort has been put in it than in any other eradication project. Still it has not been very effective. Sardinia was practically covered with DDT after WWII, but it is not unusual to stumble on Anopheles labranchiae there again.

Mosquito monitoring in the Subarctic

August 18, 2010 - 16:39 -- Lena Hulden
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This season I have together with my husband been monitoring bloodsucking insects at the reindeer research station in Kaamanen, Lapland Finland (69˚ N lat.). The station is about 150 km from Barents Sea and the snow smelts in late May. The ground is frozen from October/November until May/June and the depth of the frost is 80 cm. The staff at the station is really friendly and helpful.

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