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  1. malaria is a very serious disease which kills 500,000 people per year both effective treatment and prevention are difficult the insects are increasingly resisting chemical sprays and the disease resisting medication SCIENCEDAILY reports that some Harvard university scientists are trying a new approach ,hormonal blocking please see 15 dec BLOCKING HORMONAL ACTIVITY IN MOSQUITOES COULD HELP REDUCE MALARIA SPREAD mosquitoes when treated with a hormone had shorter lives, fewer eggs and the development of the plasmodium parasites it is the parasite that cause malaria modeling suggests that it could be as effective for infection control as insecticide some of the researchers have applied for patents if this works it would be great to have insects controlled without spraying chemicals the work was funded by the national institutes of health, the European community and the gates foundation

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