Genetically modified fungus wipes out 99% of malaria-carrying mosquitoes

A genetically modified organism could help mankind eradicate malaria.

Algeria and Argentina are now malaria-free

The two countries join many others who have recently eliminated malaria from within their borders.

Dengue vaccine candidate looks promising in Phase 3 Trial

Dengue is a mosquito-borne disease that causes flu-like symptoms but can be lethal and kill up to 20% of those with severe dengue.

We can eradicate malaria — but we need to use new tricks

Improvise, adapt, eliminate.

Mosquitoes are eating microplastics, which they pass on to the food chain

Ultimately, what the mosquito eats, we eat as well.

Indiana’s health officials warn of West Nile virus spotted in mosquitoes in Elkhart, Carroll County

There’s no need to panic, no human cases have yet been reported.

Mosquito saliva can affect your immune system up to a weeks

Guess what: one more reason to hate mosquitoes.

Malaria makes its hosts smell better to draw more mosquitoes, research finds

Sneaky, sneaky plasmodium.

Drug could make human blood deadly toxic to mosquitoes

A drug developed in the 1980s to fight parasites can make human blood toxic to mosquitoes when taken in a high dose.

CRISPR edit makes mosquitoes far less likely to pass malaria

This looks like a better alternative to wiping out mosquitoes at the population level.

Waving away mosquitoes teaches them to stop bothering prey

Mosquitoes learned to associate smells with vibrations mimicking human hand movements produced by “the vortexer” machine.

Scientists want to reduce mosquito population. By releasing 20 million mosquitoes

It seems counterintuitive, but it can work.

Scientists engineer mosquitoes that could stop malaria spread

A mosquito with a gene that blocks the malaria parasite has been created in the laboratory, a new research reports.

Miami Beach mosquitoes are carrying Zika, tests confirm

They’re a really tough species to fight.

Why mosquitoes bite me more than others

In short: mosquitoes like you more because you’re easier to find on their ‘radar’.

Need to ward off pesky mosquitoes? Sleep with a chicken over your head

Believe it or not, there’s actual scientific proof backing this advice.

Global warming lets mosquitoes thrive in the Arctic, threatening wildlife

The Arctic is overrun with giant mosquitoes: larger, furrier versions of the mosquitoes we all know and hate. As temperatures in the Arctic continue to rise, these mosquitoes can not only brood for a longer period of time, but they can survive more, in higher numbers. According to a new study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences this is a major problem, and one that will continue to grow as the planet gets hotter.

Drug-Resistant Malaria Could Pose Huge Global Threat

The ability to keep malaria under control is crucial – the disease is highly contagious and the potential health hazards are immense. Efforts have been somewhat successful, with fatalities dropping from over 1 million in 2000 to 584,000 in 2014. But the protozoans that are causing the disease are starting to become immune to the drugs we are using, and that’s a huge problem.

Amazing fungus gnat larvae group together to form a ‘snake’ [VIDEO]

Fungus gnats (Bradysia species) – also known as dark-winged fungus gnats, are small, mosquito-like insects often found in homes and offices, usually in the vicinity of houseplants. The larvae that hatch are legless, with white or transparent bodies and shiny black heads. From the first glimpse you’ll notice they’re not the prettiest sight, but what they lack in looks, they make up in cleverness.

Finally, a malaria vaccine may have been discovered

Reporting in PLOS Medicine, researchers found that for every 1000 children who received the vaccine, 800 malaria cases can be prevented. While this is not yet sufficient to eradicate the disease, it is the closest scientists have gotten to a malaria vaccine. Malaria affects millions of people every year throughout the world, claiming just under 1 million lives in 2013