Altered odour of infected individuals reveals Malaria


ETH researchers have discovered odour profiles typical of people infected with acute or asymptomatic malaria. This is a first promising step towards a low-cost diagnostic test that can be used in the field in developing countries.

This research was carried out by SPSW member Prof. Consuelo De Moraes and Prof Mark Mescher with their teams at ETH Zurich.

De Moraes CM, Wanjiku C, Stanczyk NM, Pulido H, Sims JW, Betz HS, Read AF, Torto B, Mescher MC. Volatile biomarkers of symptomatic and asymptomatic malaria infection in humans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published online, 14th May 2018. doi:10.1073/pnas.1801512115

ETH Zurich News, 15 May 2018