News A mosquito waiting to be studied - scientists have identified the changes to the genes of the malaria parasite that make it resistant to one of the last effective drugs

Discovery of genes that confer resistance to the drug artemisinin is major step forward for treatment of the disease

Steve Connor: The results so far arec good, but there's still a long way to go before an effective malaria vaccine is available

The vaccine known as "RTS,S", made by GlaxoSmithKline, was the first "candidate" vaccine against malaria and was initially developed as long ago as 1987. This fact alone indicates just how difficult and tortuous it is to manufacture a safe, reliable and effective vaccine against the malaria parasite.

World's first malaria vaccine which could be available from 2015 should not be viewed as a silver bullet against the disease, say scientists

British drug company GlaxoSmithKline seeking regulatory approval for vaccine to prevent disease which kills around 660,000 people every year

There is no risk of bats helping to spread malaria to people

Bat 'immunity' over malaria parasites could could be key to human vaccines, says top scientist

The bugs have probably infected bats for millions of years and their immune system has evolved to cope

How nets save lives: UK pledges £1bn to battle Malaria and other preventable diseases

To think that every minute, a parent somewhere loses their son or daughter to malaria because of a mosquito bite is heart-wrenching

Boxer Herbie Hide fails to attend drugs trial

The former world champion boxer Herbie Hide is facing arrest after he failed to attend court on drug charges, saying he was suffering from malaria in a Nigerian clinic.

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The beauty of the Pilton pop festival is that there’s always something to pull you from the main drag

Doctors observe patients suffering from dengue fever during an outbreak of the virus in Jakarta, Indonesia, in 2005. The disease is common in Asia

Singapore on alert after dengue fever cases rise

More than 9,000 people have contracted the mosquito-borne disease since January

Normandy Voices: Driver Mechanic Gordon Hornsby

Mr Hornsby drove a series of ambulances from Normandy to the Netherlands

Milan’s Kevin-Prince Boateng gestures towards his abusers

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Ray Cooney's film about a bigamist taxi driver gets a vicious mauling from the critics

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Sir Ronald Ross

Never before seen letters reveal the story of the scientist who laid the foundations of a cure for malaria more than a century ago

When British doctor Sir Ronald Ross discovered the crucial link between mosquitos and malaria at the end of the 19 century, he understandably thought it marked the beginning of the end of the deadly disease – rampant then not only in colonial India and Africa, but also in southern European countries such as Greece and Italy.

Malaria deaths twice as high as was thought

Malaria is killing almost twice as many people around the world than was previously thought, a study has shown.

Wallace and Gromit creators in leprosy row

The creators of Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run are at the centre of an angry storm surrounding their latest film amid accusations of bad taste and disability discrimination.

Funding threat to Pakistan flood relief

Western aid agencies in Pakistan warned yesterday that they might have to halt flood relief efforts in the cash-strapped country because of funding shortfalls.

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