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Hot or hot air? Media acclaim of gene drive in a mosquito

April 29, 2011 - 16:36 -- Mark Benedict

You’ve probably noticed that the number of pages in newspapers and science journals does not expand and contract much while the importance of underlying news stories varies wildly. So is the hoopla surrounding the recent report of a demonstration of gene drive in mosquitoes about something hot or just a bunch of hot air? I’ll tell you what I think.

Water resources development and malaria transmission in Sub Saharan Africa: What is needed?

April 15, 2011 - 09:03 -- Solomon Kibret

In recent years, there seems to have a boost in construction of large dams and irrigation schemes in sub-saharan Africa, mainly in Ethiopia. With recognition of such infrastructures to ensure economic development and allevate poverty, Ethiopia is building large dams and constructing large irrigation schemes in parts of the countries where malaria is endemic. However, such water infrastructures have been shown to intensify malaria transsmission in communities living close to water storages.

Open Access | A Research Agenda for Malaria Eradication: Basic Science and Enabling Technologies

January 27, 2011 - 09:47 -- Kabogo Ndegwa
The malERA Consultative Group on Basic Science and Enabling Technologies
PLoS Med 8(1): e1000399

Today's malaria control efforts are limited by our incomplete understanding of the biology of Plasmodium and of the complex relationships between human populations and the multiple species of mosquito and parasite.


Open Access | Raised temperatures over the Kericho tea estates: revisiting the climate in the East African highlands malaria debate

January 19, 2011 - 08:04 -- Kabogo Ndegwa
Omumbo JA, Lyon B, Waweru SM, Connor SJ, Thomson MC
Malaria Journal 2011, 10:12 (17 January 2011)

This study presents evidence of a warming trend in observed maximum, minimum and mean temperatures at Kericho during the period 1979 to 2009 using gold standard meteorological observations.

Potential antimalarials from Nigerian plants: A review

January 18, 2011 - 07:58 -- Patrick Sampao
J.O. Adebayo, A.U. Krettli
Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Volume 133, Issue 2, 27 January 2011, Pages 289-302

This review focuses on medicinal plants which are used to treat malaria in Nigeria, and on antimalarial testing of extracts and purified compounds from plants. Some show intense activity against malaria parasites in vitro and in experimentally infected mice.

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.



Development of artemisinin

November 10, 2010 - 15:17 -- Wallace Peters

As a follow-up to my recent comments here on "Human behaviour" , I have drawn on a section of my autobiography that is currently under review. This material is very relevant to the global situation regarding the problem of malaria chemotherapy and the role of human behaviour. As it is, however, too long to be included in these pages, I have posted it on my website where it can be located at , under the title "Conversations with myself - 8th November 2010 - Miracle Chinese antimalarial threatened by human folly".

My introduction

October 31, 2010 - 06:09 -- Ron Marchand

My name is Ron Marchand (1951), Dutch, biologist by training and I started to work in malaria entomology in 1978 with studies on the mating behaviour and biochemical identification of sibling species of the An. gambiae Group in Tanzania. For a too short time after that I was involved in a prematurely ended research programme to develop genetic control methods for malaria vectors in the Netherlands.


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