mosquitoes

0 Irrigation leads to better crops and more malaria

Mosquitoes and plants thrive where there is water. Farmers in arid regions who use irrigation systems to collect water also construct a mosquito breeding ground. New research shows that irrigation systems malaria prone areas can cause an increase in local malaria risk that lasts for more than a decade. Even…

0 Nets protect against malaria, scientists say (but you already knew that)

Global health number crunchers, led by Seattle’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, have determined after an exhaustive survey of medical and demographic records in 22 sub-Saharan African countries that treated bed nets do protect against malaria. Duh, you say. You might well think it’s a no-brainer to ask if…

0 Altered skeeter update: Infecting mosquitoes to fight dengue

The idea of altering mosquitoes to fight disease appears to be quite contagious. It’s almost become a news category unto itself, with at least a story every month or so involving something like: –  Genetic modifications that causes infected skeeters to kill themselves or their disease cargo, or to cause…

0 Students dissecting mosquitos, tracking down malaria

Students from Whitman Middle School on Thursday learned a bit more about malaria research by perfecting a very specialized, if peculiar, skill — dissecting mosquitoes to remove their salivary glands. This was the latest class of recruits for Seattle BioMed’s BioQuest program. Here are some of the young scientists at…