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  • Malaria: A Genetically Attenuated Parasite Induces an Immune Response
    With nearly 3.2 billion people currently at risk of contracting malaria, scientists from the Institut Pasteur, the CNRS and Inserm have experimentally developed a live, genetically attenuated vaccine for Plasmodium, the parasite responsible for the disease. By identifying ...More
    1 week ago Posted in News
  • Researchers Begin Promising Malaria Vaccine Trial
    Malaria is one of the world’s deadliest diseases: it infects hundreds of millions of people every year, and kills about half a million, most of them under 5 years of age. There is no vaccine. Experts agree that an effective vaccine could transform how we deal with the ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Researchers Uncover Global, Evolving, and Historic Make-Up of Malaria Species
    A team of scientists has uncovered the global, evolving, and historic make-up of Plasmodium vivax, one of the five species of malaria that infect humans. The research, which links the spread of the parasite back to colonial seafaring, among other phenomena, underscores the ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Mapping of Artemisinin Resistance Confirms It is Confined to Asia
    The first global mapping of artemisinin resistance (the KARMA study) has definitively confirmed that resistance to the main drug currently used in the treatment of Plasmodium falciparum malaria is for the moment confined to Southeast Asia and has not spread to sub-Saharan ...More
    June 23, 2016 Posted in News
  • How Do You Kill a Malaria Parasite? Clog It with Cholesterol
    Drexel University scientists have discovered an unusual mechanism for how two new antimalarial drugs operate: They give the parasite’s skin a boost in cholesterol, making it unable to traverse the narrow labyrinths of the human bloodstream. The drugs also seem to ...More
    May 27, 2016 Posted in News
  • Researchers Make a Key Discovery in How Malaria Evades the Immune System
    The malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum hijacks an immune system process to invade red blood cells, according to a study led by researchers at Penn State College of Medicine. Understanding how malaria invades the cells could lead to a more effective vaccine. Malaria ...More
    May 25, 2016 Posted in News
  • Investigational Malaria Vaccine Protects Healthy U.S. Adults for More Than One Year
    An experimental malaria vaccine protected a small number of healthy, malaria-naïve adults in the United States from infection for more than one year after immunization, according to results from a Phase 1 trial described in the May 9 issue of Nature Medicine. The ...More
    May 9, 2016 Posted in News
  • On World Malaria Day, a Push to Eradicate the Disease
    A year after the World Health Assembly resolved to eliminate malaria from at least 35 countries by 2030, the World Health Organization (WHO) is releasing a World Malaria Day report that shows this goal, although ambitious, is achievable. In 2015, all countries in the ...More
    April 25, 2016 Posted in News
  • Cracking the Code of the Malaria Parasite May Help Stop Transmission
    The most dangerous malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, is responsible for nearly half a million deaths annually across Africa and Southeast Asia. Of increasing concern, this parasite is now developing resistance to common antimalarial drugs. Gaining a better ...More
    April 15, 2016 Posted in News
  • Potential Pathway for Emergence of Zoonotic Malaria is Identified
    The parasite responsible for a form of malaria now spreading from macaques to humans in South Asia could evolve to infect humans more efficiently, a step toward enhanced transmission between humans, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. ...More
    April 4, 2016 Posted in News
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