Researchers from the Francis Crick Institute and the Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis developed a new compound that blocks a step in the life cycle of the mosquito-borne parasite that causes malaria.

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.

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.