Bill Gates gives malaria grant for Liverpool scientists

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Bill Gates established the unit with a grant in 2005

Scientists in Liverpool have been given $50m (£31.1m) by Microsoft tycoon Bill Gates to develop new insecticides to control malaria-carrying mosquitoes.

The five-year grant will fund projects to develop new pesticide ingredients which will also target insects which carry a range of tropical diseases.

The research is being carried out by experts at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM).

Scientists are aiming to create three new types of insecticide.

School director Professor Janet Hemingway said: "Resistance to insecticides is increasing at an alarming rate and we must find new alternatives even if we are to stay still in our battle against this and other vector borne diseases.

"This award allows us continue the pioneering work we're doing in partnership with the chemical industry to find and develop totally new classes of insecticide to help put an end to this needless loss of life.

"Our strategic aim is to provide three new active ingredients for use in public health insecticides by 2020."

The billionaire's foundation has given the cash to the Innovative Vector Control Consortium (IVCC), based at the school.

It was established in 2005 with an initial grant of $50.7m from the foundation and has helped to develop a number of new insecticides.

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