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2014-07-17 16:18:03

Monash University State-of-the-art military hardware could soon fight malaria, one of the most deadly diseases on the planet. Researchers at Monash University and the University of Melbourne have used an anti-tank Javelin missile detector, more commonly used in warfare to detect the enemy, in a new test to rapidly identify malaria parasites in blood. Scientists say the novel idea, published in the journal Analyst, could set a new gold standard for malaria testing. The technique is...

2014-07-17 16:13:25

Washington University School of Medicine Scientists may be able to entomb the malaria parasite in a prison of its own making, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis report July 16 in Nature. As it invades a red blood cell, the malaria parasite takes part of the host cell's membrane to build a protective compartment. To grow properly, steal nourishment and dump waste, the parasite then starts a series of major renovations that transform the red blood cell...

2014-07-02 10:26:26

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research Melbourne researchers are homing in on a new target for malaria treatment, after developing a compound that blocks the action of a key ‘gatekeeper’ enzyme essential for malaria parasite survival. The compound, called WEHI-916, is the first step toward a new class of antimalarial drugs that could cure and prevent malaria infections caused by all species of the parasite, including those resistant to existing drugs. Scientists at...

Mosquitoes Found To Have An Aromatic Attraction To Malaria Hosts
2014-07-01 10:22:26

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found that the parasite responsible for Malaria alters the scent of its mammalian host – causing it to become more attractive to the mosquitoes that spread the disease from host to host. The malaria parasite can be propagated only by mosquito. The flying insect ingests the parasite via infected blood, leading to the following generation developing within...

2014-06-10 12:27:25

New Insight into How Malaria Parasites Perturb Flow, Turning Infected Cells into Sticky Capillary Cloggers, May Lead to New and Better Treatments WASHINGTON, June 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- All the billions of flat, biconcave disks in our body known as red blood cells (or erythrocytes) make three basic, tumbling-treadmill-type motions when they wend their way through the body's bloodstream ferrying oxygen from our lungs to our brains and other tissues. That is, unless they...

Single Cell Genome Sequencing Of Malaria Parasites
2014-05-11 03:52:59

Wellcome Trust Single-cell genomics could provide new insight into the biology of Malaria parasites, including their virulence and levels of drug resistance, to ultimately improve treatment and control of the disease, according to new research funded by the Wellcome Trust and the National Institutes of Health. The findings are revealed in a study by researchers at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute and published today in the journal Genome Research. Malaria infections commonly...

2014-04-29 20:27:40

ROCKVILLE, Md., April 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Biotechnology company Sanaria Inc.( )aims to raise at least $250,000 in 30 days on Indiegogo.com, a crowdfunding website. The campaign launches on May 6, 2014. Funds will be dedicated to the development of SporoBot(TM), a robot that will dissect mosquito salivary glands. By replacing manual microdissection of mosquito salivary glands, Sporobot(TM) will automate a key step in the manufacturing process of Sanaria(®) PfSPZ...

How Does The Immune System Protects Children From Malaria?
2014-04-18 13:30:52

NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases According to a study published today in PLOS Pathogens, children who live in regions of the world where malaria is common can mount an immune response to infection with malaria parasites that may enable them to avoid repeated bouts of high fever and illness and partially control the growth of malaria parasites in their bloodstream. The findings may help researchers develop future interventions that prevent or mitigate the disease...

Malaria Pathogen's Cellular Skeleton Under A Super-microscope
2014-04-18 13:17:53

Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research This news release is available in German. The tropical disease malaria is caused by the Plasmodium parasite. For its survival and propagation, Plasmodium requires a protein called actin. Scientists of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in Germany used high-resolution structural biology methods to investigate the different versions of this protein in the parasite in high detail. Their results, published in the scientific journal...

2014-04-07 13:34:30

UC Riverside-led research could help identify new anti-malaria strategies A research team led by a cell biologist at the University of California, Riverside has generated a 3D model of the human malaria parasite genome at three different stages in the parasite's life cycle — the first time such 3D architecture has been generated during the progression of the life cycle of a parasite. The parasite that causes malaria in humans is Plasmodium falciparum. The female Anopheles mosquito...


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