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2008 News in Brief



How to fight malaria by changing the environment

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“It has long been known that malaria can be fought by draining swamps and paving streets,” Donald McNeil Jr. writes in the Dec. 22 issue of the New York Times. “But a new study by scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology suggests that simpler remedies by villagers too poor to afford bulldozers or cement can also have an impact.” Professor Elfatih Eltahir led this research project, which includes work by graduate students Rebecca Gianotti and Arne Bomblies, who defended his dissertation earlier this month. Read the New York Times article and a press release describing this work.