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Student recognized for genetic research on malaria

June 16, 2016 -- As an undergraduate working in malaria researcher Dyann Wirth’s lab at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Caleb Irvine was curious why malaria transmission was on the uptick in the Thiès region of…

Common bacteria may help curb mosquito-borne diseases

Bacteria called Wolbachia appear to be naturally reducing the spread of malaria, suggesting that the microbes could potentially be used as a tool to tamp down the disease, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School…

Deforestation leading to spikes in infectious diseases

The clearing of tropical forests to make way for development is creating environmental conditions that are boosting the spread of diseases such as malaria and dengue fever, according to a growing body of scientific evidence. A February 23,…

Dyann Wirth to discuss malaria in reddit ‘AMA’

Dyann Wirth, Chair of the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health and Director of the Harvard Malaria Initiative, will discuss malaria and malaria eradication efforts during a reddit “AMA (Ask…

Climate change altering migration of disease-carrying bugs

Germs, mosquitoes, and other disease carrying bugs that normally are killed by cold weather are thriving in parts of the world that are warmer due to climate change, according to Francesca Dominici, professor of biostatistics and senior associate…

Gene-edited mosquitoes might help fight malaria

Tinkering with mosquitoes’ genes to “drive” malaria-fighting traits through mosquito populations might be the next frontier in reducing the spread of malaria, according to two recent studies. In one study, scientists in London modified mosquitoes’ genome to make…