Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Gates Foundation's 'unconventional' investments to help humanity

Antiviral tomatoes, using lasers in vaccinations and fungus to fight malaria are among the "unconventional" investments the Gates Foundation is supporting in its latest round of five-year, $100,000 research grants. Other projects endorsed by the group include using magnets to detect malaria, drought-tolerant corn and a complication of all possible HIV mutations.

The malaria-fighting fungus project is pretty interesting. The idea is to infect (malaria-carrying) mosquitoes with a fungus that mutes their sense of smell (so they cant find and infect people). Malaria kills 800,000 people every year.

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