Season 1

Episode 8 ABRACADABRA! Go Away Malaria!

It's both a disease of dinosaurs and a plague of people. A gin and tonic might make you forget how much those bites itch, but it won't protect you much from this mosquito-borne monster. That's right people, today we're talking about malaria! We're super excited to tell you about this parasite since it's one of EAU's personal favs (are we allowed to have favorite horrible diseases?). Come along as we travel back millions of years to explore malaria's wee beginnings, trace its path as it shaped human evolution, take a short botanical detour to make that G & T, and end up where we first began--in 2017. Turns out that monster hasn't released humanity from its clutches quite yet.



The Fever by Sonia Shah

Bhatt et al 2015 - The effect of malaria control on Plasmodium falciparum in Africa between 2000 and 2015, Nature

The Making of a Tropical Disease by Randall Packard

Pike et al 2017 - Changes in the microbiota cause genetically modified Anopheles to spread in a population, Science

The Fever Trail by Mark Honingsbaum

Wang et al 2017 - Driving mosquito refractoriness to Plasmodium falciparum with engineered symbiotic bacteria, Science