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The Sound of Ideas

Science Cafe: Battling Malaria

Posted Tuesday, March 11, 2008

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Mosquitoes are pests. The bloodthirsty little suckers play a minor role in the food chain, but in much of the world, a major role in disease: diseases like malaria. Science has been fighting malaria for years, and yet it's still the leading killer of children in Sub-Saharan Africa. Tuesday morning at 9, we'll talk with local experts about how a tiny parasite called plasmodium has managed to evade the best minds in science and medicine, and why its days just might be numbered. Pictured: An Anopheles gambiae mosquito in flight after a blood meal. Inset: Plasmodium falciparum, the parasite that causes malaria.


Environment, Government/Politics, Health, Children's Health


Dr. Peter Zimmerman, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Center for Global Health and Disease, Case Western Reserve University
Dr. Moses Bockarie, Ph.D., Visiting Professor, Center for Global Health and Disease, Case Western Reserve University

Additional Information

What's a Science Cafe?
Upcoming Science Cafe's in Cleveland
Facts about malaria from the WHO
Could a genetically modified mosquito help prevent the spread of malaria?
PLoS Medicine editorial about Dr. Zimmerman's work on a malaria vaccine
Dr. Zimmerman's recent research paper on the development of a malaria vaccine

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