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Dogs Can Sniff Out Malaria in Worn Socks

New research shows that dogs can be trained to detect the malaria parasite in infected individuals using their keen sense of smell. Read More >>

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These Glowing, Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes Could Fight Malaria Instead of Spreading It

Genetic engineering, researchers hope, will fight disease both by altering the genes of people and by changing the genes of critters known to pass diseases on to us. Read More >>

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An Odour Sensor on Malaria Mosquitoes Specifically Targets Human Stench

Researchers at Vanderbilt University have found a secondary set of odour sensors on female malarial mosquitoes that appear to be specifically tuned to sniff out humans. While admittedly disturbing, the discovery could lead to new ways of combating malarial mosquitoes and the dreaded disease they carry. Read More >>

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This Human-Powered Paper Centrifuge Is Pure Genius

Inspired by an ancient toy, researchers from Stanford University have developed an ingenious hand-spun paper centrifuge. Incredibly, the device costs just 20 cents (17 pence)—and it can be used to detect malaria in blood in just 15 minutes. Read More >>

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Controversial Genetic Engineering Technology Could Eliminate Malaria

Malaria is among the world’s deadliest diseases. It killed King Tut and Genghis Khan, along with as many as half of all of the people that have ever lived. And despite modern disease management strategies like insecticides, drugs and vaccines, in 2015 malaria still killed nearly half a million people. In fact, malaria infects more people today than it did 50 years ago. Read More >>

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How Building a New Mosquito Could End Malaria

Malaria is a horrifying disease. It explodes your cells and wears their skins as camouflage so it can more effectively burst more cells. The disease kills over a million people every year—but as Kurzgesagt explains, our best bet to eradicate malaria is by building a new mosquito. Read More >>

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Why Sleeping Alongside a Chicken is Good for You

Get your jokes about already sharing a bed with a cock out of the way, because a serious bit of research from academics at Addis Ababa University has found that chickens have the power to protect you from mosquitoes. Read More >>

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What is Lariam, and Why is Its Use in the Army So Controversial?

If you saw ‘Lariam’ trending this morning and chose to ignore it because you assumed it was the name of an Instagram star or teen pop sensation, you made a bad, but entirely forgivable, call. It’s actually a brand name for the drug mefloquine (C17H16F6N2O), which is used to treat malaria. Read More >>

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Gates Foundation and UK Government Pledge £3 Billion to Beat Malaria

Microsoft's Bill Gates and the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne have announced that they’ll spend billions to try and defeat “the world’s deadliest killer” — malaria. Read More >>

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UK Government Joins Bill Gates in £1bn Malaria Fund

The government is set to announce a complete reworking of its overseas aid budget and plans later this week within the updated Spending Review, but this point's so newsworthy it's being published by the chancellor ahead of time. Read More >>

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This Year the Medicine Nobel Prize Went to a Pair of Parasite Poisons

The 2015 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine just went to three scientists who found parasite-killing chemicals that are now important tools for fighting human diseases. But the chemicals in question weren’t created in a lab: one is produced naturally by a bacterium, the other by a plant used in a traditional Chinese herbal recipe dating back 1,000 years. Read More >>

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2015’s Nobel Prize in Medicine Goes to Breakthroughs in Fighting Malaria and Parasites

The first Nobel Prize of 2015 has been awarded jointly to three scientists for their groundbreaking work in developing therapies that fight infections caused by malaria and roundworm parasites. Read More >>