How Does Human Culture Influence Our Genetics?

The way our ancestors ate, cooked, explored, and interacted with others has had a profound influence on our genetic inheritance. So how will modern culture shape the genetic legacies we leave to our descendents? » 4/14/14 11:19am Monday 11:19am

The world's first malaria vaccine is on track to be approved by 2015, paving the way for its use by 2016. "It's on that trajectory, and the plan is to file with the European Medicines Agency in 2014," says David Kaslow, VP of product development at the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative, which supported development of the… » 10/08/13 3:49pm 10/08/13 3:49pm

A potential new malaria vaccine puts weakened parasites into the body

Malaria is one of the deadliest diseases on the planet, killing about 2,000 people every day. Much effort has been put into developing a vaccine, and while there have been some encouraging results, it's proved difficult to control the malaria parasites and their mosquito carriers. Now, a new vaccine actually makes… » 8/11/13 5:30pm 8/11/13 5:30pm

This tiny, wearable patch makes you invisible to mosquitos

A mosquito can detect the carbon dioxide emanating from a prospective meal from hundreds of feet away. The Kite Patch, a small, non-toxic sticker that you place on your clothing, can jam a mosquito's CO2 radar. Wear one, the patch's creators say, and you'll be effectively invisible to the bloodsuckers for up to 48… » 7/24/13 8:40am 7/24/13 8:40am

The deadliest ailments on Earth, mapped by their affected tissues

Artist and physician Odra Noel has created an arresting map of global health, plotting microscopic views of the diseased tissues that correspond to each region's deadliest illnesses. » 7/09/13 7:20am 7/09/13 7:20am

Brilliant motion comic tells the story of a man hired to kill…

How do you turn comic book panels into a movie without animation? Edson Oda's ingenious short film Malaria uses comic panels on individual sheets of paper, placing and moving and manipulating them in a way that manages to be far more cinematic than motion comics ever are. It enhances the tension of this quiet Western… » 1/20/13 3:00pm 1/20/13 3:00pm

How scientists will win the war against malarial mosquitoes

Mosquitoes have killed more than half of all humans who have ever lived — even more than war, plague, famine, and heart disease. By transmitting malaria, mosquitoes cause anywhere from one to 2.7 million deaths each year. And experts say that if nothing is done about it, the annual death toll could double in the next… » 7/19/12 9:00am 7/19/12 9:00am

Scientists create spermless males to fight the spread of malaria

A female mosquito will mate just once in her entire lifetime. After doing the deed, her drive to mate is turned off, and her drive to lay fertilized eggs is turned on. Now, scientists from Imperial College London have tricked female mosquitoes into wasting their one go at fertility by swapping out normal males with… » 8/09/11 8:30am 8/09/11 8:30am