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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

Infection surge raises doubts over Gates' plan to beat malaria

Reduced immunity and mosquitoes' growing resistance to insecticide blamed

David Schellenberg: Scientists must furtherscrutinise these findings

Malaria is notoriously unpredictable. The increased number of cases in the Senegal study was observed over a single season (three to four months). I'm a little surprised they are being reported at this stage.

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With some genetic sleuthing, scientists have identified a likely culprit in the spread of leprosy in the southern United States: the armadillo.

Genetic breakthrough may stop mosquitoes spreading malaria

Scientists have figured out a way to block the spread of malaria using genetically-modified (GM) mosquitoes that carry synthetic genes to curb the transmission of the blood parasite when the insect bites its human host.

Seaweed may be the key in the fight against malaria parasite

A red seaweed found off the Pacific island of Fiji has been found to contain a powerful class of natural substances that can effectively destroy the malaria parasite, scientists said yesterday.

GM mosquitoes deployed to control Asia's dengue fever

A genetically modified mosquito carrying an artificial fragment of DNA designed to curb the insect's fertility has been released for the first time in south-east Asia as part of an ambitious attempt to combat deadly dengue fever that affects up to 100 million people worldwide.

George Clooney recovers from malaria

George Clooney has revealed he contracted malaria but has "completely" recovered from his battle with the illness.

Malaria scare nurse bailed on sex attack charges

A nurse who sparked an international search because it was feared he had malaria appeared in court today charged with sexual and common assault.

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Chelsea have been stunned to discover that Didier Drogba has been suffering from malaria for at least a month.

Malaria fears escalate as most dangerous mosquito mutates into two species

Most dangerous mosquito is evolving to create a new problem for Africa, and for scientists fighting disease

Malaria deaths in India 'could be 13 times worse than thought'

The deadly impact of malaria in India could be much worse than previously thought, according to a new report that claims 13 times more people may annually die from the disease.

Missing malaria trial nurse found safe

A nurse who went missing after taking part in a medical trial for a treatment for malaria has turned up safe and well in the Netherlands, police said today.

Cheryl Cole speaks of divorce heartbreak

Cheryl Cole broke down during a television interview as she lifted the lid on her failed marriage and battle with malaria.

Malaria nurse may 'have left Britain'

A nurse who disappeared after taking part in a medical trial for malaria may have travelled abroad, police say.

Commonwealth Games athletes warned over dengue fever

A viral fever that spreads through mosquito bites is likely to be highly prevalent during next month's Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, health officials in India said yesterday.

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