Tag Archives: Malaria

Plasmodium Life Cycle

As a protist, the plasmodium is a eukaryote of the phylum Apicomplexa. Unusual characteristics of this organism in comparison to general eukaryotes include the rhoptry, micronemes, and polar rings near the apical end. The plasmodium is known best for the infection it causes, malaria. Source: Wikimedia

Plasmodium is a genus of the Apicomplexan parasite, which was described in 1885 by Ettore Marchiafava and Angelo Celli and is known to cause malaria.  There are 200 known species of Plasmodium, of which at least 11 species infect humans, while others infect other animals including reptiles, birds, rodents, and monkeys.  The Plasmodium parasite has […]

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EMOD Publishes Paper on Malaria


The epidemiological team (EMOD) at IV Lab has had a banner of a few weeks.  They are putting the final touches on their malaria modeling software and Philip Eckhoff, Principal Investigator, recently had a new paper published in the peer-reviewed open access journal PLOS One.  The paper - P. falciparum Infection Durations and Infectiousness Are Shaped by […]

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Did you know that the itching and raised red spot caused by a mosquito bite are actually an allergic reaction to the mosquito’s saliva? Mosquitoes are well known for their itchy bites, nearly pervasive presence, and the constant hum of their buzzing wings; yet many people are unaware that mosquitoes are vectors, or carriers, of […]

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Microscope images (left) of Giemsa-stained red blood cells reveal the presence of the parasite (in blue), while alternative microscopy techniques show exactly where the hemozoin is without staining (right)

Malaria is both preventable and curable, yet almost one million people, mostly children, die from it each year.  Our team of entomologists, epidemiologists, physicists, and other scientists are working on innovative new ways to help reduce and eradicate malaria.  One area of interest is to develop a faster and more accurate way to diagnose malaria through […]

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Sharing the Load

Checkerboard balancing

It’s one thing to have a powerful supercomputer cluster, it’s quite another thing to use it at its full potential. For anyone who has ever chopped wood, you know that slight changes in one’s stance or grip can dramatically increase the amount force the axe can delivered. Similarly, when dealing with a multi-core computer.

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Dark Field Microscopy

To learn about how dark field microscopy differs from bright field microscopy and to see some images of mosquitoes taken in dark field mode, click for more…

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The TED Talk

For those of us who were unable to attend the TED conference back in February (my couch cushions just couldn’t quite turn up the $6,000 price of admission), we are in luck! Today, Nathan Myhrvold’s talk was released for the world to see. Check out our founder highlighting several of our malaria projects, along with […]

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We’ve been seeing more and more visitors from the media around here. The most recent journalist to peruse the lab was Newsweek’s Dan Lyons, who was looking for the lowdown on our malaria work. Although the Photonic Fence, a.k.a. the mosquito laser system, has gotten most of the press lately due to Nathan Myhrvold’s TED […]

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Getting Ready for TED

You can image that preparing a TED talk is no small task. However, a demonstration as ambitious and technical as shooting mosquitoes with lasers proved to be quite a feat. Between enhancing and cleaning up the software, assembling and mounting all the components, and just making sure everything looked nice and polished, we had a […]

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High Speed Videography of Mosquitoes

These high speed photographic images of mosquitoes were captured by Intellectual Ventures Laboratory scientists using a Vision Research Phantom V12.1, shooting at up to 6,000 frames per second. [read more about IV's malaria research] Understanding Mosquito Flight: Intellectual Ventures researchers study flight dynamics of mosquitoes to look for novel ways to attack them. This video […]

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