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Genetically Modified Fungus Could Fight Malaria

Science & Tech  (tags: Genetically modified fungus, malaria, technology, science, malaria parasite, mosquitoes )

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In a cramped London laboratory filled with test tubes, bacteria and mosquitoes, scientists are trying to engineer a new weapon in the battle against malaria: a mutant fungus.For years, Angray Kang at Westminster University and colleagues have been testing


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Regina P (65)
Friday April 8, 2011, 12:28 am
Noted, Interesting . Thanks Anna

Carol H (229)
Friday April 8, 2011, 3:54 am
noted, thanks Anna

Past Member (0)
Friday April 8, 2011, 4:38 am
Noted. Thanks Anna. I picked up malaria while in Africa which got me interested in it. I really would like to see a cure because it does cause a big problem.

Douglas K (134)
Friday April 8, 2011, 7:23 am
Fungus has been effective in killing bacteria, destroying the cell wall. It is also some 98% effective in curing scrotal cancer. What is fungus, it is mold that grows in a jar on the windowsill, a relative of penicillin which is mold that grows on bread, isn't it. It is that which breaks down organic matter into humus. Like bacteria, malaria is also a one-celled organism, a protozoa.

Carol C (97)
Friday April 8, 2011, 11:29 am
Noted. Thank you.

Mary T (178)
Friday April 8, 2011, 1:47 pm
Noted Thanks Anna

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Friday April 8, 2011, 2:32 pm
Great article. Hope this works. I noticed that you never see mosquitoes where you would find algae. Wonder why that is?

Bruce VanTassell (7)
Friday April 8, 2011, 3:58 pm
Genetic modified anything could be dangerous and we shouldn't leap to miracle cures so fast, quite the opposite could be true there should be a huge amount of testing before releasing anything like this.

Hans V (0)
Friday April 8, 2011, 5:06 pm
Diseases are on earth for a reason. Continuously trying to tinker with nature will only cause more problems
down the line. The human race is hardly on the verge of distinction, so why on earth must we always try to save every single soul on this planet.

Nature is pretty much perfect. The "smart" humans are as usual screwing it up. At the end we all will be paying the ultimate price. As long as this planet manages to stick around and circle around the sun, nature will survive. Humans won't!

Shelly Peterson (213)
Friday April 8, 2011, 5:24 pm
I too am very concerned how genetically altered fungi could scew the enviroment......We really do need effective vaccines! Thankyou.

Justin R (0)
Friday April 8, 2011, 5:32 pm
I wonder - how will it affect the gene pool of the birds and other creatures eating mosquitos? Sounds all good but my concern is: tunnel vision.

Cure one destroy the other - what you built with your hands, your butt destroys when turning around.

Jeanette Steffi G (189)
Friday April 8, 2011, 10:49 pm
thanks for the news! Noted.

Susanne R (235)
Friday April 8, 2011, 11:39 pm
A mutant fungus? Sounds like one of the names my kids used to call one another.

All kidding aside, malaria is a serious disease that's difficult to prevent, so this new form of prevention is very exciting. Unfortunately, the potential consequences of using GMOs are frightening. I'm sure that the question of whether or not to market this product is going to require a lot of research and soul-searching.

KS Goh (0)
Saturday April 9, 2011, 12:58 am
Thanks for the article.

Natividad P (104)
Saturday April 9, 2011, 4:28 am
Noted. Very interesting article. Thank you Anna

Roger G (148)
Sunday April 10, 2011, 2:16 pm
great news
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