Two antimalarial strategies have been published from Imperial College London: new compounds that prevent the malaria parasite from infecting mosquitoes and gene-edited mosquitoes that cannot reproduce, leading to population destruction.

Pfizer will pay German biotech firm BioNTech up to $425 million in an alliance to develop more effective influenza jabs, the latest major pharma company to bank on a promising new genetic approach.

The U.S. FDA approved 60 Degrees Pharmaceuticals’ Arakoda (tafenoquine) tablets for the prevention of malaria in patients aged 18 years and older.

Gene-editing technologies that alter mosquitoes’ DNA could prove critical in the fight against malaria, Bill Gates said, and ethical concerns should not block progress in such gene-modifying research.

Novartis announced a five-year commitment in the fight against malaria. The Swiss-based company will invest more than $100 million to advance research and the development of “next-generation treatments” to combat emerging resistance to artemisinin and other currently used antimalarials.

German biotech firm CureVac secured more financial backing for vaccine development projects from its investor the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, working on jabs to prevent malaria and influenza.

Research carried out in part by an artificially intelligent ‘robot scientist’ found that a common ingredient of toothpaste could be developed to fight drug-resistant strains of malaria.

Proposed United States budget cuts could put in jeopardy great progress in reducing global poverty and disease and lead to 5 million more deaths from AIDS alone, the philanthropist Bill Gates warned.

An off-patent malaria drug could help to destroy cancer cells by making them more susceptible to radiotherapy, according to early research.

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Europe has become the world’s first region to wipe out malaria, with zero cases reported last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. The number of indigenous malaria cases dropped to zero in 2015 from 90,712 in 1995, and the last cases were reported in Tajikistan in 2014, it […]