A new approach to preventing malaria by knocking out parasite's genes has been proposed. Biological engineers have demonstrated that a new genome-editing technique can disrupt a single parasite gene with a success rate of up to 100 percent.
House Finch eye disease, a bacterial parasite, is infecting a wide range of species, though most do not show signs of illness, according to a new report. The disease is primarily a respiratory infection and appears on birds as conjunctivitis.
A group of scientists has urged the Madagascan government to take up arms against the Asian common toad, which is a poisonous relative of the infamous cane toad that has now gained a foothold on the island.
Malaria can be mild or deadly. However, there is no way to tell which patients are at risk of developing more dangerous forms of the disease. New research suggests that different proteins affect the seriousness of the disease.
A Malaria Consortium symposium has highlighted the need for increased innovation as part of malaria elimination efforts, during the Sixth Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM) Pan-African Malaria Conference in Durban.
A number of world governments have announced an increase funding globally for the fight against malaria. However, the U.K. is more cautious, arguing that countries in receipt of aid need to reform before more money is given.
Chimpanzees have been studied for the first time relation to the incidences of malaria. The conclusion is that chimps can contract malaria just as easily as people and have similar survival rates if untreated.
An international team of scientists in Seattle, Wash., U.S., and Cordoba and San Martin, Argentina, have uncovered a surprising new role for one type of immune cell in controlling the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi.
Scientists have bred mosquitoes which are unable to infect people with the malaria parasite. They hope that such populations of malaria-free mosquitoes can enter the ecosystem and help to curb the population of malaria-carrying mosquitoes.
A new organism has been discovered in a pile of slime buried in a lake in Norway. The organism is so unusual that the scientific team which has examined it genetically are declaring that it should have its own location on the tree of life.