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malaria

An Important Step Towards New Malaria Medicine

An international research team, led by Sergey Kapishnikov and Jens Als-Nielsen from the X-ray and Neutron Science section at the Niels Bohr Institute at...
malaria

Malaria Parasites Soften Our Cells’ Defences in Order to Invade

Malaria is caused by a family of parasites that are carried by mosquitoes. Once parasites enter the body through a mosquito bite, they multiply...
sleeping sickness

New Therapeutic Strategy Against Sleeping Sickness

A newly developed small molecule selectively kills the pathogen causing sleeping sickness and Chagas disease. Scientists from the Technical University of Munich, the Helmholtz...
metabolism

Fighting Malaria Through Metabolism

Many of the malaria parasites develop resistance to drugs. A promising strategy is to target the parasite’s metabolism, but it has proven very complicated...
Chagas disease

Novel Method Is Used to Edit Genome of Parasite That Causes...

Scientists have frequently used techniques to manipulate the genomes of disease-causing parasites in an endeavor to identify targets for drug development. These techniques include...
malaria

Taking Aim at a Key Malaria Molecule

The iron-containing molecule heme is necessary for life. Cells require heme to perform the chemical reactions that produce energy, among other critical tasks. Scientists who...
mosquito-borne diseasevideo

New Tool for Combating Mosquito-borne Disease: Insect Parasite Genes

Wolbachia is the most successful parasite the world has ever known. You’ve never heard of it because it only infects bugs: millions upon millions...
malaria

First Detection of an Artemisinin-resistant Malaria Parasite Contracted in Africa

The first known case of artemisinin-resistance in Africa has been identified: a finding of great significance for efforts in global malaria control and drug...
malaria vaccine

New Malaria Vaccine Effective in Clinical Trial

University of Tübingen researchers in collaboration with the biotech company Sanaria Inc. have demonstrated in a clinical trial that a new vaccine for malaria...
Malaria vaccine

Malaria Vaccine Target’s Invasion Partner Uncovered

A team at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute has discovered how a promising malarial vaccine target - the protein RH5 - helps parasites to...
malaria

Genes Linked to Malaria Parasites’ Ability to Persist in the Body

The ability of malaria parasites to persist in the body for years is linked to the expression of a set of genes from the...
tropical disease

Under the Radar

Chagas disease is caused by the unicellular protozoan parasiteTrypanosoma cruzi, which is endemic to many parts of Latin America. It is estimated that somewhere...
parasitevideo

Insidious Wasp Gets Ahead by Tunneling Through Host’s Head

Gall wasps may feel confident as they infest oak trees for shelter and sustenance, but their wasp enemy has an even more insidious agenda,...
malaria

Regulation of the Malaria Parasite’s Developmental Cycle

Physicists frequently refer to signal transduction when describing energy conversion, but biochemists have been using the term for some decades now to describe how...
Malaria infection

Malaria Infection Depends on Number of Parasites, Not Number of Mosquito...

The finding has implications for vaccine development and studies into how the disease spreads in the field. The findings, from scientists at Imperial College London,...
vaccine

Taking the Witchcraft out of Vaccine Development

Three malaria proteins that trigger an immune response in infected individuals have been identified by A*STAR researchers1. These proteins could underpin a new vaccine...
Ancient DNA

Ancient DNA Can Both Diminish and Defend Modern Minds

You've likely heard about being in the right place at the wrong time, but what about having the right genes in the wrong environment?...
enzyme

Structure of Target Enzyme for Drugs Against Leishmaniasis and Chagas Described

In an article published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), researchers affiliated with the University of São Paulo (USP) in...
cerebral malariavideo

Raising the Curtain on Cerebral Malaria’s Deadly Agents

Using state-of-the-art brain imaging technology, scientists at the National Institutes of Health filmed what happens in the brains of mice that developed cerebral malaria...
Toxoplasma

Scientists Reveal How Immune System Tags Toxoplasma Capsule

Scientists at the Francis Crick Institute have discovered how the host immune system deals with the prolific Toxoplasmaparasite as it attempts to camouflage itself...