Mosquito Maven Takes Bites For Malaria Research : Shots – Health News : NPRPosted: January 3, 2013
Adolina raises the insects at the Shoklo Malaria Research Unit, a remote laboratory on the Thai-Myanmar border. A drug-resistant form of malaria is emerging in the region, and counterfeit malaria medicines are a problem.
She’s working with a drug that tries to kill the parasite inside people during an early stage of the infection — at a time when the person hasn’t yet shown signs of being sick. The goal is to stop the parasite from moving back and forth between humans and mosquitoes.