argylesock says… I’m a day late with this reblog. How many more people have died of malaria in that day?
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When I was in the Amazon, we slept comfortably under mosquito netting. So far they haven’t developed a way to bite through it. Hopefully the Gates Foundation and others will develop vaccines for Malaria, Dengue fever etc.
I know people who do that kind of science. Malaria research is never funded as much as research into, say, cancer or heart disease. I agree that effective vaccines against malaria and dengue could be wonderful. They’d need to be distributed to the people who need them. That might be an even bigger hurdle than funding the research.
PS I forgot to mention vaccine resistance. Pathogens can evolve fast, so that last year’s vaccine becomes outdated.
Interesting post Sam. Short of eradication of the Anopheles mosquito and/or Plasmodium falciparum will it ever be possible to protect everyone from malaria? Probably not – it’s not the way it’s meant to be, as you said, even a vaccine may become less effective. What then? Could we be force the parasite to mutate in a way that may enable it to utilise vectors other than Anopheles? Food for thought.
I expect you’re familiar with the sterile male technique – releasing male mozzies that mate, but don’t fertilise. I hope to get around to researching that. If it’s as good as it sounds, this may be an example of when GM comes good. Or are the males sterilised in some other way? Irradiating them, perhaps.
My understanding was that they use X-rays to immasculate the little guys. Does that technique work (or can it work) on a large scale?
You may be right. I hope to research and blog.