Asian Scientist Magazine’s 2021 Roundup
Here are 10 of Asian Scientist Magazine’s top stories in 2021, highlighting scientific advances in diverse domains from COVID-19 to climate change.
Protein In Mosquitos’ Saliva Impacts Feeding
Scientists in Japan and Portugal have shown that a protein called AAPP, found in mosquito saliva, affects the insects' feeding behavior, with implications for mosquito fitness.
Zika Virus Endemic In Thailand, Study Shows
Unlike in South America where the Zika virus disappears two or three years after outbreaks, Zika transmission in Thailand has persisted for at least 16 years.
An Antimalarial Drug Strikes Gold
With the help of gold, scientists have developed an antimalarial drug that is effective against resistant parasites.
Insect Virus Kills Liver-Stage Malaria In Mice
Researchers in Japan have discovered that an insect virus can completely eliminate liver-stage malaria parasites in mice.
Making Vaccines About Science, Not Politics
In the wake of political turmoil and widespread misinformation around Dengvaxia in the Philippines, public confidence in vaccines has plummeted sharply, says a new study. What can be done to hold back the slide?
Nanoparticles Help Antimalarial Drugs Go The Distance
Porous silica nanoparticles allow the controlled release of antimalarial drugs over a span of more than a week, leading to better treatment outcomes.
Mosquito-Borne Infectious Diseases: Crafting An Asian Solution
Asian countries have made progress on tackling mosquito-borne disease but are now at a critical juncture, says Dr. Benjamin Rolfe, CEO of the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance.
Identifiable Human DNA Recovered From Mosquitoes
Human blood extracted from mosquitoes can be used for DNA analysis up to two days after feeding.
India Embraces Eliminate Dengue’s Wolbachia Program
India joins Brazil, Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Colombia to become the sixth country in the Eliminate Dengue Program using the Wolbachia method.
Caring For The Caregivers
COVID-19 exposed and exacerbated the mental toll of being a healthcare worker especially in low-resource settings in Asia. As we move toward a new normal, governments, hospitals and mental health experts are beginning to support the neglected community of health care workers, but many challenges are yet to be addressed.