A Malaria Cure is Within Our Reach Thanks to Microwave Therapy

 - Aug 14, 2011
References: fastcompany & gizmodo
With more than 250 million annual victims, the threat posed by worldwide malaria may come to an end thanks to a new method of microwave therapy that fries the multi-drug-resistant parasites.

Thanks to research done by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a new technique of malaria treatment is being field tested around the world. The idea is straightforward, albeit strange: Patients are placed into human-sized microwaves that then vaporize the parasites by targeting the iron they've sucked from your blood and superheating it. If this form of microwave therapy is successful, it will provide an instant cure that can be administered to thousands in a matter of days.

The World Health Organization has reported that more than 3.3 billion are currently at risk of contracting the insect-borne illness, making this kind of research particularly important today.