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Sequenced Malaria Genome Provides Benefits, Difficulties In Finding A Cure
2012-08-06 11:45:07

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After sequencing the genome of several malaria-related parasites, scientists found that the protozoans responsible for the deadly disease are very genetically diverse and therefore difficult to eradicate, according to their report published this week in the journal Nature Genetics. While the genomes of the four sequenced strains of Plasmodium vivax, a parasite that infects about 100 million people each year, indicated that...

2011-06-27 23:27:08

A new study by a team of University of Notre Dame researchers offers a wealth of information about the rhythmic nature of gene expression in Anopheles gambiae, the mosquito species that transmits the malaria parasite from person to person. Each year, roughly 250 million people suffer from malaria and that results in one million deaths, mostly pregnant women and children under five years of age. Mosquitoes, like all animals, show daily rhythms in behavior and physiology. The rhythmic behaviors...

2011-05-20 13:04:15

Wolbachia are bacteria that infect many insects, including mosquitoes. However, Wolbachia do not naturally infect Anopheles mosquitoes, which are the type that spreads malaria to humans. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that artificial infection with different Wolbachia strains can significantly reduce levels of the human malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, in the mosquito, Anopheles gambiae. The investigators also determined that one of the...

2011-04-08 13:20:51

Monkeys infected with an emerging malaria strain are providing a reservoir for human disease in Southeast Asia, according to research published today. The Wellcome Trust funded study confirms that the species has not yet adapted to humans and that monkeys are the main source of infection. Malaria is a potentially deadly disease that kills over a million people each year. The disease is caused by malaria parasites, which are transmitted by infected mosquitoes and injected into the...

2010-10-22 13:40:17

WHAT: Researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have found that the major malaria-transmitting mosquito species, Anopheles gambiae, is evolving into two separate species with different traits, a development that could both complicate malaria control efforts and potentially require new disease prevention methods. Their findings were published in back-to-back articles in the October 22 issue of the journal Science. A. gambiae is the most common vector of human malaria in...

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2009-09-09 14:40:00

New research has shown that an emerging new form of malaria caused by the parasite Plasmodium knowlesi, originally believed to only infect monkeys, also poses a deadly threat to humans, BBC News reported. It has been found to be widespread in humans in Malaysia and the international team of experts says it can be deadly if it is not quickly treated. So far the new form of the disease has been concentrated in South East Asia, but researchers warned that Western countries could soon see new...

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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2009-05-29 09:56:05

Researchers based in Gabon and France report the discovery of a new malaria agent infecting chimpanzees in Central Africa. This new species, named Plasmodium gaboni, is a close relative of the most virulent human agent P. falciparum; it is described in an article published May 29 in the open-access journal PLoS Pathogens. P. falciparum is the major human malaria agent responsible for one to three million deaths annually. In 2002, the publication of the genome of P. falciparum generated new...

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2008-12-22 13:36:37

Amplifying entire mitochondrial genomes yields new insight into evolution of malaria Even though the most deadly form of malaria for humans, Plasmodium falciparum, has been linked to malaria found in chimpanzees, this group has been fairly isolated on the malarial family tree "” until now. A new phylogenetic analysis from the Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics at the American Museum of Natural History reveals that malarial parasites found in tree-dwelling rats share a close...

2008-10-09 18:00:37

A U.S.-led team of scientists has identified the complete genetic sequence of a parasite that is the leading cause of relapsing malaria. Working at The Institute for Genomic Research/J. Craig Venter Institute in Rockville, Md., the scientists studied the parasite Plasmodium vivax. Unlike three other species of Plasmodium that cause malaria, the researchers said P. vivax cannot be grown in the laboratory, severely limiting its scientific study. "Completion of the P. vivax genome promises to...


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