A new study has found that fungus, genetically enhanced to produce spider toxin, can kill a large-number of malaria-carrying mosquitos. I speak with Brian Lovett, who is one of the authors of the paper.
The Mobile Malaria team have just set off on a 6,000 km journey across Africa, taking portable DNA sequencing technology with them on the road. I speak with Dr George Busby who leads the team.
Creating reference genomes for mosquitos is a challenge. But now, in a partnership between the Sanger Institute and PacBio, it can be made with just 100 nanograms of DNA.
Fatou Secka, from The Gambia, is using a 3D-printed lens adapter to analyse blood samples for malaria. She hopes to one day develop her own low-cost microscope for malaria diagnosis.
Ms Mordaunt tells me about the UK’s efforts to fight malaria, the Commonwealth and the level of collaboration between DFID and the Gates Foundation.
Target Malaria is a consortium of researchers using ‘gene drives’ to fight malaria. I speak with Dr Alekos Simoni, one of their researchers based at Imperial College London.
Professor Marcia Castro from Harvard University helped launch MalariaX. It’s an online course that details the science and technology of malaria, as well as the historical, political, social and economic factors to its eradication.
Michelle Stanton is trying to reduce malaria deaths by better understanding where mosquito breeding spots are. She’s using the power of drones to capture aerial imagery in Malawi’s drone corridor – a patch of land devoted to humanitarian drone testing.
Dr Deborah O’Neil is the CEO of Novabiotics, a leading clinical-stage biotechnology company. She talks to me about antibiotic resistance and the future of pharma with so-called ‘personalised medicines’.