Tag Archives: Malaria

Social parasites

Protozoan parasites cause tremendous human suffering worldwide, but treatment strategies are limited. The recognition of social behaviors by parasitic protozoa could provide new approaches to important diseases. Continue reading

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What do human parasites do with a chloroplast?

The malaria parasite has a chloroplast which is a holdover from its algal past. The fascinating biology of this organelle and its promise for treatment is discussed in a new study. Continue reading

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The Next Opportunity for Anti-Malaria Drugs: The Liver

Humans have suffered from the burden of malarial infections for thousands of years, and the disease has influenced human evolution and history. Our ability to counter these vulnerabilities is hampered by the modest number of drug targets and our limited understanding of parasite biology. Continue reading

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Off on your hols soon?

Going somewhere exotic? If you are, make sure to look at the Malaria Hotspots website, full of essential information for travellers. Continue reading

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This week's Wednesday Wolbachia

Infection of mosquitos with Wolbachia bacteria can significantly reduce levels of the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum. Continue reading

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Mosquitoes and malaria (nice video)

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Malaria superbug?

Wolbachia pipientis is an intracellular maternally-inherited bacterial symbiont of invertebrates that is very common in insects, including a number of mosquito species. It can manipulate host reproduction in several ways, including cytoplasmic incompatibility, whereby certain crosses are rendered effectively sterile. … Continue reading

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New malaria receptor, new hope for a vaccine

Plasmodium falciparum is a blood parasite that lives for the most part inside red cells. It is responsible for the death of 1-2 million people through malaria every year. The mechanisms by which the parasite invades red cells are complex … Continue reading

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Chemical sensitivity of malaria

Malaria caused by Plasmodium falciparum is a disease that is responsible for 880,000 deaths per year worldwide. Vaccine development has proved difficult and resistance has emerged for most antimalarial drugs. To discover new antimalarial chemotypes, researchers have used a chemical … Continue reading

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