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Bangladeshi scientist discovered new tool for controlling malaria

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    Bangladeshi scientist discovered new tool for controlling malaria. Dr. Mohammed Shahabuddin, an investigator at the National Institute of Allergy and
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      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
      in controlling
      malaria, the devastating disease that kills more than 2 million people a
      year.

      U.S. National Institutes of Health issued a special Press Release yesterday
      to
      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
      below:

      http://www.cnn.com/2000/HEALTH/06/29/fly.malaria/index.html
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_812000/812762.stm

      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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