Maryam Kamali: Malaria genetics

Mosquito may offer clues to malaria control, Virginia Tech researchers say

Eurek Alert: An African mosquito species with a deadly capacity to transmit malaria has a perplexing evolutionary history, according to discovery by researchers at the Fralin Life Science Institute at Virginia Tech.

Closely related African mosquito species originated the ability to transmit human malaria multiple times during their recent evolution, according to a study published this week in PLoS Pathogens by Igor Sharakhov, an associate professor of entomology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Maryam Kamali of Tehran, Iran, a Ph.D. student in the department of entomology.

The discovery could have implications for malaria control by enabling researchers to detect and target specific genetic changes associated with the capacity to transmit a parasite.

Malaria causes as many as 907,000 deaths each year, mostly among children in sub-Saharan Africa. Anopheles mosquitoes, which bite mainly between dusk and dawn, transmit human malaria by spreading Plasmodium parasites that multiply in the human liver and infect red blood cells. But of the more than 400 species of mosquito belonging to the Anopheles genus, only about 20 are effective vectors of human malaria, according to the World Health Organization.

The most dangerous of these is the Anopheles gambiae mosquito species, one of seven in the Anopheles gambiae complex, which was thought to have recently evolved the ability to transmit malaria. However, Virginia Tech scientists' discoveries suggest that this species is actually genetically linked to an older, ancestral lineage.

Scientists used chromosomal analysis to compare gene arrangements for mosquitoes both inside and outside the Anopheles gambiae family to trace the evolutionary connections.

"The outside species served as a reference group for understanding the evolutionary relationship among Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes," Kamali said. "Our goal was to determine how different species arose in the Anopheles gambiae complex, as they all look identical, but have different behaviors and capacities to transmit human malaria." >>>


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by Truthseeker9 on

Have you noticed there's a machine in the background wearing a burka.


Enigma of

by amirkabear4u on

As I said before the best thing about this web site is those who keep drumming about being Iranian show their true colour.

Whatever this girl is, disregard to her hejab, she has achieved something. 

Individuals like;

- FA

- Fesenjon

- and the other ones

can eat their heart out.



Dr. Mohandes

The Iranian hottie scientist?

by Dr. Mohandes on


Are you trying to get SK jealous? you know the kind of fits she throws when she finds out that you are even thinking about, thinking about! haunting and dating other chicks...

She might proceed to get you banned for life and you may just have to start your own!


That's it!

by Reality-Bites on

First thing tomorrow morning I'll be queuing outside the nearest IR consulate, covered in hijab, ready to hand in my grants application.



by yolanda on

Wow! So no hijab, no grants!



by Faramarz on



Please publicize the general area that you live and I can take it from there, looking for scientists in hot short skirts!

They blinded me with science!


Don't get too excited !

by curly on

I have seen so many scientists in hijab in our city and they take it off after finishing school and not needing  grants from Iran. Later on you have to see their hot short skirts.just give her sometime:))))


congrats to her and her family...

by Bavafa on

With best wishes and all the success in her research.


'Hambastegi' is the main key to victory 



No arabic on this site please

by Shirzadegan on

"The 'ignorants' please notice the # of hits on the 'must watch video' below:......" Demo

Now, all "educated peple" please notice the # of hits on the "must watch" video below. 


The first video was watched 2 million. The second video was watched 400 million. I was wondering who was ignorant here.?

Thanks for wathing it.



The 'ignorant'

by Reality-Bites on

Should notice, to be grammatically correct, the word ignorant does not require the letter "s", when used in a plural context.


To those who have blind thought

by Kooshan on

Go beyond the roosari and see the kind soul of the lady who is doing something for humanity without sacrificing her belief!


I love those kind souls that belong to humanity no matter if they are Muslim, Jew, Christian or Atheist! 


Just pray

by Fesenjoon2 on

I hope she doesn't become an MP in the Majlis in 20 yrs and go around passing bills that make it legal for a man to beat his wife.

as per the Quran of course. 



by yolanda on

Here is a Lady gaga Parody with over 3 million hits:



by yolanda on

T9 and Faramarz' posts are very funny!

Thank you!

First Amendment

Lab change for Maryam's sake

by First Amendment on


Congratulations to the lady

by Truthseeker9 on

Congratulations to the lady in question and her achievements. She looks lovely with her roosari, BUT... I prefer my own "modesty" hijab style.



Unbearable ugliness of Gender Apartheid and forced Hijab,

by Zendanian on

How do majority of women in Iran think about forced hijab? Imposed by the State, top-down. Just asking.

Our young star in here remains beautiful with or without, of course.



The Beauty of Hijab

by Demo on

The 'ignorants' please notice the # of hits on the 'must watch video' below:


Thanks for watching it.


I think she is Soosan Khanoom!

by Faramarz on


Educated, yet religious, and afraid of bugs!


Perfectly good reason for the roosari

by Reality-Bites on

It will protect, the soon to be Dr., Kamali's head from any nasty mosquito bites. Practical and pious at the same time. What more can one ask for?

My best wishes to the lady researcher in her work. 

First Amendment

Can I cordially invite........

by First Amendment on



............a learned member to bubble up a comment like:..."a hijabed scientist? must be a basiji mosquito..............."?