Medicine: Combatting an Ancient Enemy

A major step is taken toward producing a malaria vaccine

In the heady days of the 1960s, international health authorities thought they had it licked. The enervating fevers, the trembling chills, the splitting headaches and the appalling child-mortality rates were on their way out. Malaria, exulted the World Health Organization in Geneva, was defeated in Europe, banished from Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) and on the run in India and Pakistan, thanks to the effectiveness of drugs and insecticides. Even in Africa, it stood to go the way of smallpox. They could not have been...

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