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2010-05-28 06:50:00

Scientists said on Thursday that synthetic biology can be used to make instant vaccines, inexpensive medicines and even nonpolluting fuel, but it will take time. Researchers, members of Congress and an ethicist all agreed the technology does not pose immediate environmental, ethical and security concerns, but did say that everyone involved needs to keep a close eye on developments. A hearing before the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee was spent mostly outlining the...

2010-05-26 09:55:39

As part of a multicenter study, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have identified a series of chemical compounds that might serve as starting points for the identification of new classes of anti-malarial drugs. "Malaria remains one of the most globally significant infectious diseases that we face," said Dr. Margaret Phillips, professor of pharmacology at UT Southwestern and one of the senior authors of the study, which appeared in the May 20 issue of Nature. Malaria affects about 40...

2010-04-20 15:55:00

WASHINGTON, April 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressional Malaria Champions today received over 20,000 signatures from people around the world supporting efforts to eliminate malaria. Members of local youth soccer teams and actress Molly Sims presented signatures gathered through United Against Malaria (UAM), a soccer driven anti-malaria campaign, and by World Vision's End Malaria campaign. Just ahead of World Malaria Day, partner organizations and individuals are showing their support...

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2010-04-20 07:25:00

Global funding to help fight malaria in Africa has increased 10-fold since 2004, but more funding is needed to help reduce deaths caused by the disease, according to a joint UNICEF and Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership press release published on Monday. "Investment in malaria control is saving lives and reaping far-reaching benefits for countries," Dr. Coll Seck, Executive Director of the RBM Partnership, said. "Today, with approximately one third of the global investment needed, country...

2010-02-09 16:23:37

Inadequacies may contribute to drug resistance The first results from a large-scale study of key antimalarial medicines in ten Sub-Saharan African countries reveal that a high percentage of medicines circulating on national markets are of substandard quality and thus may contribute to the growth of drug-resistant strains of Plasmodium falciparum, the most virulent form of malaria. The findings, released Feb. 8 by the Promoting the Quality of Medicines (PQM) Program, a USAID-funded program...

2010-02-08 08:00:00

Inadequacies May Contribute to Drug Resistance ROCKVILLE, Md., Feb. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The first results from a large-scale study of key antimalarial medicines in ten Sub-Saharan African countries reveal that a high percentage of medicines circulating on national markets are of substandard quality and thus may contribute to the growth of drug-resistant strains of Plasmodium falciparum, the most virulent form of malaria. The findings, released today by the Promoting the Quality...

2010-02-05 15:20:37

This breakthrough makes NTU's School of Biological Sciences a global leader in transcriptional profiling of malaria -- and better yet, could lead to a cure for malaria Groundbreaking research done at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University's (NTU) School of Biological Sciences (SBS) could lead to the development of more potent drugs or a vaccine for malaria, which is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes and kills up to three million people each year. Assistant Professor Zbynek...

2010-01-25 15:40:53

With seed money from the National Science Foundation (NSF), bioengineers from the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University are ramping up efforts to characterize the thousands of control elements critical to the engineering of microbes so that eventually, researchers can mix and match these "DNA parts" in synthetic organisms to produce new drugs, fuels or chemicals. Today, a single designer microbe can take years to create and cost tens of millions of dollars, since each...

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2010-01-15 10:30:00

Plant scientists at the University of York have published the first genetic map of the medicinal herb Artemisia annua. The map is being used to accelerate plant breeding of Artemisia and rapidly develop the species into a high-yielding crop. This development is urgently needed to help meet escalating demand for effective malaria treatments. Though preventable and treatable, malaria is a serious global health problem, estimated to kill almost a million people every year. The most effective...

2009-11-24 15:34:13

In this week's PLoS Medicine, the journal's editors call for concerted international action to address the crisis of malaria drug shortages across Africa. They argue that there are now signs of an evolving "malaria activism" (akin to AIDS activism), which has scored two big successes. The first wave of malaria activism highlighted the gap between the huge burden of malaria and the tiny amount of international development assistance dedicated to its control. Such advocacy helped motivate...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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