Anopheles mosquito after taking a snack (Photo: US Center for Disease Control and Prevention)
Map of the world showing the primary range of malaria infestation with dark red regions indicating drug resistant malaria, lighter red regions resistance to older drugs, yellow regions showing no drug resistance, and grey regions being malaria-free (Photo: Percheire via Wikipedia)
Mock-up of the NanoMal blood analysis unit (Photo: Nanomal)
The malaria-causing Plasmodium falciparum parasites in human blood cells (Photo: US Center for Disease Control and Prevention)
A small company in the U.K. is developing an affordable, hand-held device that will not only diagnose malaria in the field, but will also read DNA markers that suggest which antimalarial drugs will be most effective for treatment. If fielded, such a device could help alleviate the 200+ million cases of malaria per year, as well as prevent some of the nearly one million deaths associated with malarial illness.
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