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2011-09-01 11:58:38

An investigation into the mysterious inner workings of the malaria parasite has revealed that it survives and proliferates in the human bloodstream thanks in part to a single, crucial chemical that the parasite produces internally. According to scientists at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Stanford Medical School, reporting today in the journal PLoS Biology, this insight immediately provides a powerful new tool for discovering and designing drugs to treat malaria,...

2011-08-31 12:39:54

A novel technique to "tame" the malaria parasite, by forcing it to depend on an external supply of a vital chemical, has been developed by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the University of California-San Francisco. The scientists have, in effect, created a domesticated strain of Plasmodium – the one-celled parasite that causes malaria – that would no longer cause this dreaded disease. Their findings not only make it possible to grow large volumes...

2011-08-25 21:11:16

The incidence of malaria in many African countries south of the Sahara is falling rapidly. A Danish-Tanzanian research group has discovered that the mosquito carrying the malaria parasite has practically disappeared from villages without organized mosquito control, and the researchers do not know why. There are several hypotheses but without proper data they cannot say whether malaria is being eradicated or whether it is just resting up before returning with renewed vigour. "Many of our...

2011-08-04 14:09:40

Until very recently, it was unclear why infection with malaria causes fever and, under severe circumstances, an infectious death. Although the parasite has an abundance of potentially toxic molecules, no one knew which ones were responsible for the inflammatory syndrome associated with disease. Now, a new study identifies a novel DNA-sensing mechanism that plays a role in the innate immune response to the parasite that causes malaria. The findings, published online August 4th by Cell Press in...

2011-07-12 07:35:55

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Killing over 780,000 people each year, malaria is one of the deadliest diseases in the world. Finding a cure has been the goal of scientists for many years. Now a cheap and common medication used to treat lice in children and heartworm in pets, could add malaria to the list of diseases it helps control. According to the World Health Organization, new approaches to combat malaria are in constant demand. Current methods of avoiding transmission rely mainly on sleeping...

2011-06-29 15:18:00

ROCKVILLE, Md., June 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sanaria's mission is to develop and commercialize whole-parasite malaria vaccines that confer high-level, long-lasting protection against malaria caused by Plasmodium falciparum and P. vivax. In the process of developing these vaccines, Sanaria has developed the capacity to manufacture and assay malaria parasites and mosquitoes in a highly regulated, cGMP compliant, industrial setting. These parasites, mosquitoes, and assay services...

2011-06-27 23:27:08

A new study by a team of University of Notre Dame researchers offers a wealth of information about the rhythmic nature of gene expression in Anopheles gambiae, the mosquito species that transmits the malaria parasite from person to person. Each year, roughly 250 million people suffer from malaria and that results in one million deaths, mostly pregnant women and children under five years of age. Mosquitoes, like all animals, show daily rhythms in behavior and physiology. The rhythmic behaviors...

2011-06-17 06:37:51

(Ivanhoe Newswire)--Malaria is a parasitic disease caused by Plasmodium and results in more than 750,000 deaths annually, but what if there was a more effective approach to curing it? Malaria is transported from one person to another by an infected mosquito. When the mosquito bites a human, a parasite called sporozoite is deposited in the skin. It then travels to the liver cells and multiplies to the point of affecting red blood cells and causing clinical symptoms. Common symptoms of malaria...

2011-06-15 22:15:48

Malaria is a devastating disease caused by the Plasmodium parasite which is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes. Hundreds of millions of new cases of malaria are reported each year, and there are more than 750,000 malaria-related deaths annually. As a result, there is an urgent need for vaccines to combat infection. Now, a new study uncovers a powerful strategy for eliciting an immune response that can combat the parasite during multiple stages of its complex life cycle and describes...

2011-06-09 15:19:55

For tens of thousands of years, the genomes of malaria parasites and humans have been at war with one another. Now, University of Pennsylvania geneticists, in collaboration with an international team of scientists, have developed a new picture of one way that the human genome has fought back. The international team was led by Sarah Tishkoff, a Penn Integrates Knowledge professor with appointments in the genetics department in Penn's Perelman School of Medicine and the biology department of...


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