Policy ForumInfectious Disease

The Case for Deemphasizing Genomics in Malaria Control

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Science  24 Nov 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5496, pp. 1508
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5496.1508

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Solving the enormous problem of malaria worldwide will require a balance between investments in research and control. In this point-counterpoint, two scientists describe the rationales for these very different strategies. Steve Hoffman believes that genomics research is the best investment in the future if we have the vision of malaria eradication. Chris Curtis presents an opposing viewpoint, that low-tech control approaches are the practical ones under current conditions.