Ian Gilbert and Malaria teamIan Gilbert’s team of researchers have  published a paper “A novel multiple-stage antimalarial agent that inhibits protein synthesis”  in Nature (522 page 315–320; doi:10.1038/nature14451). Malaria is a major problem in many areas of the world and it is estimated that about 200 million cases of malaria every year and over half a million deaths. The properties of compound DDD107498 are particularly exciting as not only does it have potential for treating malaria with a single dose, it may also prevent the spread of malaria from infected people and it has shown potential to prevent people developing malaria in the first place.



Newspaper articles:

New anti-malarial treatment provides hope in battle against drug resistance: The Guardian

Scientists develop new malaria drug that treats symptoms and prevents infection being transmitted: The Independent

This promising new malaria treatment only needs one dose: The Verge

Promising compound offers single dose knock-out for malaria: RSC Chemistry World


Radio 4 Inside Science: Malaria drug, Listener feedback, Imaging the singing voice, Classifying human species

World Service: Scientists Hopeful for New Malaria Drug

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Web articles:

New anti-malaria drug developed at Dundee University: BBC

Scots scientists in ‘single dose’ malaria treatment breakthrough: STV