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From gene editing to death traps, Seattle scientists innovate in race to end malaria

By Kieran Guilbert SEATTLE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When Kayode Ojo first fell sick with malaria as a young boy in Nigeria, his grandfather shunned modern medicine, venturing into the bush to search for herbs and plants to treat the disease. Having succumbed to malaria a further 50 or more times in his life, the United States-based scientist, now in his forties, is determined that his research – to develop a drug to stop transmission from humans back to mosquitoes – will help to eradicate the deadly disease. “When people in Nigeria, the world’s hardest-hit country, get malaria, many simply shrug their shoulders and see it as normal … that needs to change,” Ojo told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in a lab at the University of Washington in Seattle. Read More..

October 31st, 2016

Expert views: How can the world outpace resistance to eradicate malaria by 2040?

By Kieran Guilbert SEATTLE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a global health and education charity set up by the Microsoft founder and his wife, has set a target of eradicating malaria by 2040. To outpace rising resistance, the scientific community in the Gates’ home city of Seattle is developing innovations ranging from genetic modification to single-dose drugs. Here are the views of some of the world’s leading organizations that are working to eradicate malaria. Read More..

October 31st, 2016

Factbox: 10 facts about malaria and the drive for eradication by 2040

Efforts to end malaria, which killed an estimated 438,000 people in 2015, are under threat as mosquitoes become increasingly resistant to drugs and insecticides. To outpace rising resistance, the scientific community in the U.S. city of Seattle is developing innovations from data modeling and genetic modification to single-dose drugs and sugar traps. Here are ten facts about the deadly disease: * Some 3.2 billion people – almost half the world’s population – are at risk of malaria. Read More..

October 31st, 2016

Timeline: Seven decades of efforts to eradicate malaria

SEATTLE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – In Seattle, which has been dubbed the “Silicon Valley of saving lives”, thousands of scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs are working on innovations to end malaria. The city boasts at least 160 organizations working on global health and is home to the world’s richest couple, Bill and Melinda Gates, whose global health and education foundation has set a target to eradicate the deadly disease by 2040. … Read More..

October 31st, 2016

Report: Trump used dubious tax scheme in ’90s

Donald Trump (AP)The New York Times says the GOP nominee used a legally questionable practice to avoid paying millions in taxes.

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October 31st, 2016
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