Malaria is a life-threatening disease that kills over 400,000 people per year. Children under 5 are the most vulnerable group, accounting for 67% of the worldwide cases in 2019. Although it is a preventable and treatable disease, we are still far away from a malaria-free world.

In order to unite efforts and eliminate malaria in one generation, the pan-African movement Zero Malaria Starts With Me have launched the new campaign Draw the Line Against Malaria. The campaign calls for more action, innovation, and financial resources, inviting people around the world to draw the line against this disease and add their own piece of art to the monumental malaria mural at zeromalaria.org. Join the movement!

We are thrilled to announce that Advanced Conservation Strategies (ACS) is now part of the Outreach Network for Gene Drive Research.

ACS is a conservation organisation that is working to make lives and the environment better, using science to inform environmental conservation and sustainability decision-making. It combines science and human-centred design to create new ways of approaching environmental problem-solving. The organisation also works with multiple actors to monitor, evaluate, and learn from existing environmental efforts and programmes.

ACS has several conservation projects focused on endangered species, invasive alien species, fishing and marine conservation. You can learn more about their work by visiting their website.

A new study from the University of Missouri and Colorado State University, published in the journal Viruses, indicates that CRISPR gene-edited mosquitoes could be resistant to the Zika virus. The modified insects could interrupt the disease cycle, affecting the capacity of female mosquitoes to bite and transmit the disease.

Scientists inserted an artificial gene into the mosquitoes’ genome that triggers an immune pathway in their midgut to recognise and destroy the RNA genome of the Zika virus. The modification is inheritable which would make future mosquito generations resistant to the virus as well, Professor Alexander Franz from the University of Missouri explains.

The Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) and the Global Vector Hub have developed the online platform Global Atlas of Medical Entomology Schooling (GAMES), which lists 26 medical entomology courses offered both on-campus and through distance learning in 32 countries across all WHO regions. The list includes trainings in seven different languages.

The New Yorker published an article highlighting advances in gene-editing technology, including gene drive, and their potential applications for response to invasive species. The feature specifically highlights research projects in Australia exploring the use of gene-editing to respond to invasive cane toads and rodents.

The piece also traces the birth and development of gene drive technology. It presents an overview of the current state of research in the field and gene drive potential applications, including invasive alien species management, disease control and extinct species resurrection.