A new way to help control the spread of malaria has been found by researchers, while a separate study has developed a new malaria vaccine.
A team from the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), Kenya, and the University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research, UK, has discovered a microbe that completely protects mosquitoes from being infected with malaria.
Scientists are now investigating strategies for increasing the number of infected mosquitoes to make a significant dent in malaria.
Meanwhile scientists at Brown University, USA, have developed a new malaria vaccine, using an antibody to a particular malaria protein that appears to protect resistant children from severe disease.
The preliminary results show protection against a lethal malaria parasite in tests with monkeys.