Bangladeshi scientist discovered new tool for controlling malaria
- Bangladeshi scientist discovered new tool for controlling malaria.
Dr. Mohammed Shahabuddin, an investigator at the National Institute of
Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a component of U.S. National
Institutes of Health, in collaboration with Dr. David Schneider, a fruit
fly geneticist at MIT, successfully researched the fruit fly Drosophila
melanogaster with a malaria parasite. The discovery has brought a new hope
malaria, the devastating disease that kills more than 2 million people a
U.S. National Institutes of Health issued a special Press Release yesterday
announce the discovery. The scientists reported the discovery in this week's
"Science," an international scientific journal.
"Malaria is a major global health problem and a high-priority research area
within NIAID," states Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., Director of the Institute.
"This research provides exciting new possibilities for understanding how the
malaria parasite interacts with its insect host."
The news was featured in CNN and BBC's online issue. See the links
Dr. Shahabuddin graduated from the Department of Biochemistry of the
University of Dhaka. Earlier, he worked at the International Center for
Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh, and was a Lecturer at the Department
of Biochemistry. He went to the University of Edinburgh, Scotland where he
obtained his Ph. D. on Genetic Engineering. Currently, he is the head of
Parasite Vector Interaction Group of Laboratory of Parasitic Disease of U.S.
National Institutes of Health.
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