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Soaring Variety Of Malaria Parasites Found In Bats
2013-10-07 16:10:08

American Museum of Natural History Researchers have discovered a surprising diversity of malaria parasites in West African bats as well as new evidence of evolutionary jumps to rodent hosts. Led by scientists at the American Museum of Natural History, the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, and the Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, the new study reveals that two bat-infecting parasites are closely related to parasites in rodents that are commonly used to model human malaria in...

2013-09-18 15:46:44

Recurrent episodes of malaria cause chronic inflammation in blood vessels that might predispose to future infections and may increase susceptibility to cardiovascular disease, a Wellcome Trust study in Malawian children finds. The findings could explain the indirect burden of malaria on childhood deaths in areas where the disease is highly prevalent and children experience multiple clinical episodes of malaria in a year. Malaria is caused by infection with a parasite that starts by...

Drugmaker Develops 100 Percent Effective Malaria Vaccine
2013-08-08 15:25:03

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of scientists have for the first time developed a vaccine for malaria that has been found to be 100 percent effective in a small clinical trial. The vaccine, known as PfSPZ Vaccine, was developed by Sanaria Inc. in Rockville, Maryland and has so far been shown to be safe, generating an immune system response in healthy adults. Publishing the results of the early-stage clinical trial in the August 8 issue of Science,...

2013-07-11 14:26:16

Human migrations—from the prehistoric epoch to the present day—have extended cultures across the globe. With these travelers have come unwanted stowaways: mosquito-borne parasites belonging to the Plasmodium species— a group responsible for malaria worldwide. Ananias Escalante, a researcher at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute, as part of a team of collaborators from 10 countries, has been tracking the...

Adult Wild Chimpanzees Have Developed A Certain Immunity Against Malaria Parasites
2013-05-29 09:57:59

Max Planck Institute Wild great apes are widely infected with malaria parasites. Yet, nothing is known about the biology of these infections in the wild. Using fecal samples collected from wild chimpanzees, an international team of researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig and the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin has now investigated the effect of the animals´ age on malaria parasite detection rates. The data show a strong association between...

Behavior Of Mosquitos May Be Immune Response, Not Parasite Manipulation
2013-05-22 14:30:43

Penn State Malaria-carrying mosquitos appear to be manipulated by the parasites they carry, but this manipulation may simply be part of the mosquitos' immune response, according to Penn State entomologists. "Normally, after a female mosquito ingests a blood meal, she matures her eggs and does not take another one until the meal is digested," said Lauren J. Cator, postdoctoral fellow in entomology and a member of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, Penn State. "If infected,...

2013-05-16 15:03:30

Malarial parasite may change mosquito olfactory system, enhance attraction to human odor Mosquitoes infected with the malarial parasite Plasmodium falciparum are significantly more attracted to human odors than uninfected mosquitoes, according to research published May 15 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by James Logan and colleagues from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK. The authors investigated the response of mosquitoes infected with P. falciparum malaria...


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  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
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