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Malaria parasite’s survival linked to two proteins

M alaria, a mosquito-borne disease, killed more than 620,000 people worldwide in 2020. Jeopardizing the survival of Plasmodium falciparum, the malaria parasite, is one way to control the spread of this deadly disease. A team led by an infectious disease expert at the University of California, Riverside, has now identified two proteins that are key...
By Iqbal Pittalwala |

Researchers to Target Mosquito Egg Production to Curtail Disease

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Entomologists at the University of California, Riverside have received a five-year grant of $2.44 million from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, or NIAID, to investigate the role hormones play in the female mosquito’s ability to use human blood for egg production. Vector mosquitoes need vertebrate blood to develop each...
By Iqbal Pittalwala |
plasmodium falciparum

Genome structure of malaria parasites linked to virulence

An international research team led by scientists at the University of California, Riverside, and the La Jolla Institute for Immunology has found that malaria parasite genomes are shaped by parasite-specific gene families, and that this genome organization strongly correlates with the parasite’s virulence. The findings highlight the importance of spatial genome organization in gene regulation...
By Iqbal Pittalwala |

Genetic changes help mosquitoes survive pesticide attacks

For decades, chemical pesticides have been the most important way of controlling insects like the Anopheles mosquito species that spreads malaria to humans. Unfortunately, the bugs have fought back, evolving genetic shields to protect themselves and their offspring from future attacks. The fascinating array of genetic changes that confer pesticide resistance in Anopheles mosquitoes is...
By Sarah Nightingale |
Naoki Yamanaka

Entomologist Named a Pew Scholar

Naoki Yamanaka, the first researcher at UC Riverside to receive the honor, is one of only 22 early-career researchers that make up this year’s scholars
By Iqbal Pittalwala |
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