February 27, 2014

Research Roundup: What we’re reading this week

Senior Program Assistant

In this regular feature on Breakthroughs, we highlight some of the most interesting reads in global health research from the past week.

Writing in The Lancet Global Health Blog, GHTC member Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) highlights the need to fill research gaps for the development of global health tools for neglected diseases and how open access to data can be one way solve this problem. DNDi has created a public data-sharing page to provide freely accessible datasets from clinical studies.

By re-engineering a chain of amino acids in one type of dengue virus, scientists could have discovered a new path toward developing a vaccine against the disease. This new technique has the potential to impact the development of other diseases, including HIV/AIDS.

Increasing resistance to insecticides continues to become an increasing threat to the effectiveness of malaria vector control. A new study shows that a DNA-based resistance marker in mosquitos could provide a tool to understand the evolution of resistance and aid in the development of resistance management strategies.

Scientists have found a new way to reduce the cost of administering the Meningitis A vaccine—MenAfriVac—by half. Researchers in Benin found that storing the vaccine in chains up to 40 degree Celsius was just as effective as storing in colder conditions of two to eight degrees Celsius. The findings could provide a way to lower the cost of the vaccine because the costs associated with refrigeration will not need to be included in the final cost.

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