New highly sensitive malaria-detecting assays may help beat disease

MalariaWashington, Mar 4 - An international team of scientists has come up with new assays that can detect malaria parasites in human blood at very low levels, which may be helpful in the campaign to eradicate the disease.

The team, led by Ingrid Felger, from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in Basel, Switzerland, took advantage of genes that have multiple copies in the parasite genome to reveal parasites present at concentrations that are 10 times lower than the detection limit of current standard assays.

Combining bed nets and vaccines may actually make malaria symptoms worse

malariaWashington, Jan 20 - In a new study, scientists have found that combining insecticide-treated bed nets with vaccines may actually worsen some cases of malaria rather than helping them.

A University of Michigan-led research team used a mathematical model of malaria transmission to find out what will happen when vaccines and bed nets are used together.

New drug combo treatment for malaria in kids found highly effective

malariaWashington, Dec 31 - A new research has found that combination of artemisinin and naphthoquine drugs could be used in the treatment of malaria where multiple parasite species cause the disease for children.

Now, nanomimics to fight against malaria parasites

malariaLondon, Dec 10 - Scientists have recently developed nanomimics that would help fight against the malaria parasites, it has been revealed.

Researchers at the University of Basel and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute have now developed so-called nanomimics of host cell membranes that trick the parasites.

Anti-cancer drugs may help curb malaria too

medicineWashington, Aug 26 - A new study has revealed that a search for new drugs to fight malaria has identified a number of compounds, some of which are currently under to treat cancer.

Laser optical tweezers provide insights into malaria parasites' RBC invasion

malariWashington, August 20 - Researchers have found interactions between the malaria-causing parasite and red blood cells using a tool called laser optical tweezers.

Scientists modify mosquitoes to produce only males as new method to eradicate malaria

malariaWashington, June 11 - Scientists from Imperial College London have modified mosquitoes to produce sperm that will only create males, pioneering a fresh approach to eradicating malaria.

In the study, scientists have tested a new genetic method that distorts the sex ratio of Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes, the main transmitters of the malaria parasite, so that the female mosquitoes that bite and pass the disease to humans are no longer produced.

New method to fight Malaria drug resistance discovered

MalariaWashington, Apr 18 - An anti-malarial treatment that lost its status as the leading weapon against the deadly disease could be given a new lease of life, with new research indicating that it simply needs to be administered differently.

How body's immune system fights off malaria

How body's immune system fights off malariaWashington, Jan 14 : By using a strain of mice that mimics many of the features of the human immune system and can be infected with the most common human form of the malaria parasite, a team of scientists has identified a key host defense mechanism.

Newly developed holograms may help end scourge of malaria

malariaWashington, Nov 6 - Researchers have developed digital holograms of malaria sperm which has given them fresh insights into the behaviour of these tiny life forms.

Scientists from the University of Edinburgh and the Rowland Institute at Harvard University were able to see that malaria sperm move in an irregular, lopsided corkscrew motion, which enables them to twist to the left or the right, as well as go forwards and backwards.

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