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2009-11-12 12:43:58

Top scientists reveal the latest innovations in genetically modified mosquitoes, new diagnostic tests and mapping mosquito migrations In a novel approach at disseminating scientific research, the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute (JHMRI) will hold a web summit to release the latest breakthroughs in malaria research, including new approaches to boosting mosquito immunity to malaria, mapping mosquito migrations, and the promise of a rapid sputum test that could revolutionize the way...

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2009-10-02 09:44:15

Scientists identify gene behind malaria-resistant mosquitoes For many years, the mosquitoes that transmit malaria to humans were seen as public enemies, and campaigns to eradicate the disease focused on eliminating the mosquitoes. But, as a study published today in Science shows, the mosquitoes can also be our allies in the fight against this common foe, which kills almost one million people a year and heavily impairs the economies of affected countries. In this study, researchers at the...

2009-09-03 21:02:57

A species of mosquito in South Africa new to researchers may carry the ability to transmit malaria, researchers in Johannesburg said. The mosquito, known for the time being as Anopheles funestus-like, was found in and near villages near Karonga, a town on Lake Malawi's western shore, IRIN reported Tuesday. The newly discovered species is related to another significant species, Anopheles funestus, which carries malaria, but further research is required before it is known it carries the...

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2009-08-18 16:35:00

This Thursday marks the anniversary of one of the most important scientific discoveries in the battle against malaria.  On 20th August 1897, the transmission of malaria by mosquitoes was established by Ronald Ross, a British doctor working in India who became LSTM's first senior lecturer.  He was awarded the Nobel prize for medicine in 1902 for his discovery.Ross was born in India in 1857 and returned there in 1881 after education and study in England leading to his medical...

2009-06-30 14:17:00

GLENDALE, Calif., June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- If you have been eating Garlic to keep the mosquitoes away you may want to think again. While there is absolutely no scientific evidence that eating garlic actually keeps mosquitoes away, spraying garlic has plenty of evidence to prove it keeps them away. Spraying garlic extract on grassy lawns is not as strange as it seems. Mosquito Barrier, a product from Garlic Research Labs, Inc. is being used successfully by city parks, golf courses and...

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2009-06-09 07:05:00

As part of a worldwide push to eradicate one of the oldest and deadliest diseases still in existence, scientists at the University of Maryland are tinkering with mosquito DNA to produce insects capable of carrying a larger than normal load of the parasite responsible for malaria.Which begs the question: why would they want to produce more infectious mosquitoes? Scientists say they hope to use the genetically engineered insects to harvest more of the key ingredients needed for the world's...

2009-05-20 10:11:01

Methylene blue can curb the spread of malaria parasites when administered together with new malaria medication / Heidelberg researchers publish in PLoS One New combinations of agents based on the oldest synthetic malaria drug, the methylene blue stain, can curb the spread of malaria parasites and make a significant contribution to the long-term eradication called for by the international "Roll Back Malaria Initiative." In a study on 160 children with malaria in Burkina Faso, specialists in...

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2009-05-13 16:36:59

U.S. scientists say they've found bacteria in the Anopheles gambiae mosquito that can stop the mosquito from being infected with the malaria parasite. Johns Hopkins University researchers in the school's Bloomberg School of Public Health said the bacteria in the gut of the mosquito inhibit infection of the insect with Plasmodium falciparum, the parasite that causes malaria in humans. The scientists said they determined removing the bacteria with antibiotics made the mosquitoes more...

2009-05-08 13:43:15

Microbes in Mosquito's Gut Stimulate Immune Response Against Malaria Parasite Bacteria in the gut of the Anopheles gambiae mosquito inhibit infection of the insect with Plasmodium falciparum, the parasite that causes malaria in humans, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Scientists with the Bloomberg School's Malaria Research Institute found that removing these bacteria, or microbial flora, with antibiotics made the mosquitoes more susceptible to...

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2009-04-29 15:10:42

For the first time ever, scientists are using DNA "barcodes" to help prevent the spread of a elephantiasis, an often disfiguring disease that affects roughly one billion people in 80 nations throughout the world. The University of Ghana is pioneering use of the "barcodes", which will be used to map mosquito species in West Africa that spread the disease, also known as lymphatic filariasis (LF). The underlying technology allows scientists to quickly and accurately distinguish species based on...


Latest Anopheles Reference Libraries

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2005-08-25 10:14:14

The mosquito is a member of the family Culicidae. These insects have a pair of scaled wings, a pair of halteres, a slender body, and long legs. Only the females of most mosquito species suck blood from other animals. Size varies but is rarely greater than 0.6 inch (15 mm). Mosquitoes weigh only about 0.03 to 0.04 grain (2 to 2.5 mg). They can fly at about 0.9 to 1.6 mph (1.5 to 2.5 km/h) and most species are nocturnal. Mosquitoes are believed to have evolved 170 million years ago during...

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siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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