10 Feb 2017

This could help develop a more effective malaria vaccine

Researchers discover how a promising malarial vaccine target - the protein RH5 - uses a previously mysterious protein P113 to create a bridge between the parasite and red blood cell.

6 Feb 2017

The ability of malaria parasites to persist in the body for years is linked to the expression of a set of genes from the pir gene family

Mouse study shows that as few as 1 in 10 of the parasites that initially appear in the blood express this set of pir genes. But almost all the parasites found persisting in the body at later times express the genes. If the biological mechanisms involved can be targeted, long-lasting persistent malaria infection could be prevented, and prevent ongoing transmission.