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Plasmodium vivax can cause severe malaria associated with substantial morbidity and mortality, show two studies published in PLoS Medicine this week. These findings challenge the current dogma that P. falciparum can be severe and life-threatening whereas Plasmodium vivax tends…

Female mosquitoes infected with malaria parasites are significantly more attracted to human odour than uninfected mosquitoes. This was demonstrated in a laboratory setting in which infected female Anopheles gambiae sensu stricto mosquitoes were attracted to human odours three times…


A new candidate malaria vaccine with the potential to neutralise all strains of the most deadly species of malaria parasite has been developed by a team led by scientists at the University of Oxford, UK. The results of…


The malaria disease significantly increases the risk of miscarriage, but that treating with antimalarial drugs is relatively safe and reduces this risk in pregnant women expecting their new born babies. This is the largest ever study to assess…


A team of researchers have found that pre-existing malaria prevents secondary infection by another Plasmodium strain, the parasite responsible for malaria, by restricting iron availability in the liver of the host. This discovery will be published in Nature…


Using a pair of powerful genome-search techniques, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), Harvard University, and the Broad Institute have identified several genes that may be implicated in the malaria parasite’s notorious ability to rapidly evade…


Novartis announced that scientists at the Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases (NITD), in collaboration with researchers from the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation (GNF), the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute and The Scripps Research Institute have…


International collaboration led by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists identifies promising compounds for anti-malarial drug development and launches a database to share findings, advance fight against a leading killer of the world’s children An international team led…


Malaria and bone abnormalities appear to have contributed to the death of Egyptian pharaoh King Tutankhamun, revealed by researchers. Using several scientific methods, including analyzing DNA from royal mummies, research findings with other results published in the February…


Research published this week in PLoS Medicine concludes that at least 125.2 million women at risk of malaria become pregnant each year. Most malaria deaths are caused by Plasmodium falciparum, which thrives in tropical and sub-tropical regions. But…

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