It's a killer, pure and simple.
But the issue is as complex as it comes.
The malaria mosquito, from the genus Anopheles, infects some 350 to 500 million people a year, killing more than a million. Most are young children in sub-Saharan Africa.
Walter Leal in lab
CHEMICAL ECOLOGIST Walter Leal working in his UC Davis lab. His lab revealed the secret mode of the insect repellent DEET in groundbreaking research published in 2008.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
FEMALE MALARIA MOSQUITO, Anopheles gambiae, needs a blood meal to develop her eggs. Every year malaria mosquitoes infect some 350 to 500 million people a year, killing more than a million. (Photo by malaria researcher Anton Cornel, UC Davis Department of Entomology)
Anopheles gambiae, the mosquito that transmits malaria, has a new foe.
And his first name is Win.
Win Surachetpong, a UC Davis doctoral candidate in immunology with a designed emphasis in vector-borne disease, has just received the American Committee...
MALARIA RESEARCHER Win Surachetpong in the Shirley Luckhart lab at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
What's medical entomolology?
Anyone who's an entomologist or who works in entomology is asked that question periodically. Medical, they know. Entomology? Often not. But medical entomology?
Well, it's the study of relationships among arthorpods,...
Thomas Scott in Kenya
IN KENYA--UC Davis medical entomologist Thomas Scott, towers above schoolchildren in Kenya in a photo taken in 2004. (He's 6-foot, 6-inches tall.)
Mosquito that tranmits dengue
THE CULPRIT--This is the mosquito, Aedes egypti, that transmits dengue. UC Davis entomologist Thomas Scott is a leading authority on the mosquito and the disease. See http://entomology.ucdavis.edu/news/tomscottdengue.html. (Photo by James Gathany, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)