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  • Reply to: Podcast: Kelch13 Protein Responsible for Artemisinin Resistance   1 week 3 days ago

    Please have a look also at the Oct 30 2016 malariaworld blog "Artemisinin resistance in Africa. The Kelch propeller hypothesis ".


  • Reply to: Artemisia against malaria: efficient but banished.   2 weeks 6 days ago

    The trick is for all the Davids to get totgeher against the Goliath


  • Reply to: Life cycle of Plasmodium   2 weeks 6 days ago

    Franken et al.’s paper is not about hypnozoites, but one on hypnozoites by Voorberg-van der Wel et al. that was published on 3 January 2020 (article details provided below) serves as a good example of how modern techniques can facilitate study of the life cycle of Plasmodium. The latter authors were able to actually follow the development of individual activated hypnozoites into schizonts. Being the first time that such support for the hypnozoite hypothesis of malarial relapse has been demonstrated, it is a significant advance in knowledge. The reference is:


    Voorberg-van der Wel, A. et al. 2020. A dual fluorescent Plasmodium cynomolgi reporter line reveals in vitro malaria hypnozoite reactivation. Communications Biology 3: 7.

  • Reply to: A "vaccine" against malaria from Africa: ARTAVOL®.   3 weeks 3 days ago

    This is an excerpt from UNCSTD document below.


     Patrick Ogwang developed ARTAVOL® in collaboration with scientists at Makerere University, Uganda. Artavol is a beverage for malaria prevention at household level: a blend of  Artemesia annua (without artemisinin)-avocado powder (Persea americana) -lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus). In the research conducted by the team, it was found that after eight months of taking the beverage, the subjects did not develop any fevers associated with malaria. Among the study participants, hospital visits for fever related causes fell by 80 per cent as compared to the control subjects. In 2014 the Ministry of Health in Uganda recognized the innovation and awarded the principal investigator for outstanding achievement in research for herbal prevention of malaria. Artavol production currently stands at 6,000 one hundred-gram tins per month.

    Intersessional panel of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD), Vienna, Austria, January 2019

  • Reply to: Revolting: Artemisia plantations destroyed by police in Cameroon   3 weeks 3 days ago

    So not only genetically modified mosquitoes launched by Bill Gates, but also genetically modified plants are invading Africa. In order to increase the artemisinin yield for Bigpharma drugs, bioengineering laboratories have developed GMO Artemisia annua plants

    This development is described in detail in Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News, 28 March 2017.