Mosquitoes and Malaria


Dyann Wirth
* Director, Harvard Malaria Initiative
* Department of Immunology and Infectious Disease
* Harvard School of Public Health
* Harvard University
* Cambridge, Massachusetts

Scientists reported this week that they had made major advances in the war on malaria, and it was big news. First they published the complete genome of both the microorganism that causes the disease in humans — and then the genome of the mosquito that spreads the microorganism. Will having access to that genetic code mean new drugs or maybe even a new vaccine?



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