The Sporobot Pulls Insects Apart in Hopes of Creating a Malaria Vaccine

By: Alyson Wyers - May 31, 2014
References: sporobot & fastcoexist
A scientific organization dedicated to developing a malaria vaccine is developing a robot that dissects mosquitos. Salaria Inc.'s Sporobot pulls the insects apart to collect malaria parasites, making the manufacture of the potential vaccine more efficient. This will prevent the spread of the deadly disease and save hundreds of thousands of lives.

While preventative measures like nets exists, a malaria vaccine could make the biggest impact. So far Salaria has successfully trialled six patients and using the Sporobot will speed up the next step. Currently the company harvests malaria parasites from the salivary glands of mosquitos by hand, an impractical and expensive method. They are now working with a team from Harvard to develop the Sporobot, which will automate the process.