April 25 is World Malaria Day.
On April 25, people across the globe will take part in a wide range of activities to mark World Malaria Day.
Investments in malaria control have created unprecedented momentum and yielded remarkable returns in the past years. In Africa,
malaria deaths have been cut by one third within the last decade; outside of Africa, 35 out of the 53 countries, affected by
malaria, have reduced cases by 50% in the same time period.
These great strides are now under threat; the focus on malaria control is beginning to fade and has led to insufficient financial
support. To avoid this, further investment must be made to ensure that this funding gap is bridged and that the endemic countries
have the resources and technical support they need.
LifeScience Moment: University of California, Berkeley plant pathologist planted potato tubers treated with the ice-minus bacterium.
On April 29, 1987, University of California, Berkeley plant pathologist Steven Lindow field-tested genetically altered Pseudomonas syringae
(known as “ice minus” bacteria) as a frost-preventive on potatoes in the Tulelake, California area.
Also in 1987, Advanced Genetic Sciences, a pioneering agricultural biotechnology company headquartered in Oakland, California, sprayed
Frostban on an acre of strawberry plants in Brentwood, CA, marking the first release of genetically altered bacteria in the U.S.
Advanced Genetic Sciences developed Frostban as a bacterial-based treatment capable of reducing frost damage to fruit and nut crops.
On the morning of the trial, the researchers found most of the strawberry plants uprooted, the work of a an activist group. in May, vandals
uprooted about 3,000 potato plants that were part of a Frostban field trial.
The controversy surrounding these trials subsequently drove the development of federal regulatory policy.
It's a Small World
Group C Streptococcus
"If your experiment needs statistics, then you ought to have done a better experiment."
Ernest Rutherford, English physicist