Scientists reconstructed a 50,000-year-old gene sequence to find out how Plasmodium falciparum—one of the deadliest malaria parasites—jumped from gorillas to humans. How did it happen? A gene in the ancient sequence produced an “ancestral RH5 protein” that was able…

If Bill Gates could solve one problem, it would be malnutrition. And with the the latest scientific advancements, it can be done in the next 20 years, Gates writes in The Telegraph, ahead of his Hawking Fellowship lecture at Cambridge University today.

Wiping out malaria by 2050 is a lofty—but achievable—goal, according to a landmark report published yesterday by The Lancet Commission on malaria eradication.  

Facing several years of stalled progress against malaria, WHO experts warned in a report today that new tools are needed before eradication can seriously be considered.

Malaria has claimed more than 1,800 lives in Burundi so far this year—roughly the same toll as the yearlong Ebola outbreak in the DRC that has captured global attention.   Cases of malaria have nearly doubled in Burundi this year to 5.7 million, according to a recent UN…

An “alarming” decline in the effectiveness of go-to malaria drugs in Southeast Asia could signal their eventual failure across the globe, according to 2 new Lancet studies led by authors from Wellcome Sanger Institute and the

A Chinese philanthropist and Chinese researchers have embraced a bold goal: Eliminating malaria from Kenya using mass drug administration. By giving antimalarials to every Kenyan, New South CEO Zhu Layi and team hope to eliminate Kenya’s human malaria reservoir—leading to…

The death toll from viral hepatitis now outpaces that of HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB. Approaching World Hepatitis Day on July 28th, a recent WHO progress report illuminates the disease’s impact in Africa.     Sub-Saharan Africa has some of the highest hepatitis B numbers with…

Let’s talk logistics.   That’s the pitch behind a recent meeting convened by Seattle-based Xinova, which pairs experts with clients needing solutions. The challenge: Reimagine Nigeria’s paper-based system that delivers bednets and other supplies essential to fighting…

Scientists genetically engineered a fungus from a spider gene to kill off mosquitoes, marking a promising new advance described in a Science paper published yesterday.