Summary: Local researchers involved in breakthrough malaria
Staff and wire reports
WASHINGTON -- Researchers, including a team from the University of Georgia, have
sequenced the genes both for the parasite that causes malaria and for the mosquito that
spreads it to humans.
The double triumph gives medical science new weapons in the war on a disease that kills
almost 3 million people a year.
In parallel efforts that involved more than 160 researchers in 10 countries, scientists
mapped the genes for Plasmodium falciparum, the deadliest form of malaria, and for
Anopheles gambiae, a mosquito that prefers human prey and spreads malaria to millions
with its bloodsucking bite.
The British journal Nature is publishing the complete genetic sequence of P. falciparum,
and the U.S. journal Science is publishing the mosquito gene sequence. The two
publications jointly announced completion of the double-pronged research at news
conferences on Wednesday in London and in Washington, according to the Associated Press.
The UGA researchers involved in the work include Mark Brown, an internationally
recognized mosquito biologist, Joe Crim and Stephen Garczynski of the department of
cellular biology, and Michael Riehle, an entomologist from the College of Agricultural and