durbnpoisn: Wikipedia (say what you will), is my friend. Afer reading this articel, I went and read up on the disease.All this time, I thought that Malaria was a virus. It turns out that it really is a parasite. And there doesn't appear to be any sort of medicine to rid the body of it. In that respect, all kidding aside, it could become a real problem.I don't think we here in the temperate zones have a lot to worry about. But those in the tropics, especially the really poor areas, could be in serious trouble.
ChipNASA: I heard an extremely detailed article/interview on this and the basic gist of the issue is that there is a *HUGE* market in Thailand and that area of Asia in counterfeit tablets of malaria medicine.The problem is twofold:1. People buy pills that have little or no medicinal value2. They take said pills and the effect is none/ some value but because the parasite doesn't get the Whole BANG from a regular dosage of proper medicine, then it can over time become resistant and those people that are carriers, don't heal as rapidly as they should and can transmit the disease.
ZAZ: The article says quinine-resistant malaria has been around for a while.
ZAZ: 3rotor: how about genetically altering the mosquito such that the females do not grow wings. the males do, and fly off to spread the twitch among the rest of the population. 3 months later, not a single one left....That doesn't work for a few reasons.In related families of flies females disperse more than males. Males mate where they are born. I expect mosquitoes are similar. Your wingless mutation mostly stays put.Mosquitoes form aerial swarms to mate. Females who can't fly can't reproduce. The mutation would die out in one generation. The ample supply of winged mosquitoes would quickly expand to fill the gap.
Lee Jackson Beauregard: PunGent: Came here to swat some of the 'Silent Spring Kills People' crowd, but I see it's been taken care of.Unfortunately, they're like mosquitoes......and resistant to facts and logic.A smart for you, and where the fark is the derp button?
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