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    What is the status of the RTS,S vaccine coverage and efficacy and are there any additional (improved) alternatives in the vaccine pipeline expected to be approved for widespread use anytime soon?

    What is the status/state-of-the-art/level of sophistication of genome editing in Anopheles mosquitoes?

    What advances have been made in the development of gene drive systems? (i.e. How are engineered insects or their genetic payloads expected to compete in the wild?)

    I could think of lots of other questions…this is sort of my area.

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      Hi John, those are really good questions. The event is over so I won’t now have an opportunity to ask the speakers questions. However, we can always do another story on the technological advances that have been made in which we research those questions and potentially interview people in the field. Would you be up for collaborating?

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        That sounds fun. I would be delighted to collaborate. I could put you in touch with some of the appropriate people in the field and make recommendations for topics and vet the material and references. Editing, that sort of thing. I have less experience with the writing.

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          Sounds great, John. Would you like to send me an email with the appropriate people to contact, and your thoughts on the topics? Perhaps we could do a “project” on malaria covering a couple of different aspects of the subject.

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            And my email is lydia.morrish[at]wikitribune[dot]com.

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    One of the slides in Gates’ presentation featured a product called mSpray, a mobile IRS tracking tool developed collaboratively by a small woman-owned company based in Lusaka, Zambia called Akros (www.akros.com) and Ona Systems (www.ona.io), a software development company in Nairobi, Kenya. Use of this tool in Zambia during IRS operations led to a 15% decrease in malaria incidence in the areas where it was implemented. Key to the tool’s success is the process of enumerating structures using satellite imagery and GIS software, which results in far better spray coverage than traditional enumeration practices. mSpray has been implemented under PATH MACEPA and the PMI-funded Africa Indoor Residual Spray project.

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      Cheers Aimee, I missed part of the slide for that one! Will add. Cheers.

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        Here is a link to that section of the presentation if it helps!
        https://path.box.com/s/1ylupjxvoqagtc04wg7t8g1or7r7k8c8

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    You should ask if are there any intentions to continue the project of diffusion of malaria-resisting GMO mosquito, as it seems to be one of the few viable solutions beside vaccines.

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      Great Q. Thanks, I will ask if I get a chance.

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        Hi Simone, genetically-modified mosquitoes came up and there’s a little segment in the piece on it now. Thanks for the suggestion.

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          Thank you for reporting that. It’s a shame, if not the release, at least some news on the technology regarding this solution.
          I understand the fears, but i don’t think malaria should be left with partial measures.

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