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Malaria

10 November 2011

Chink in malaria armour found

Researchers said they discovered a unique microscopic channel through which malaria parasites pass to infect red blood cells, which opens up a promising target for a vaccine.

Researchers said they had discovered a unique microscopic channel through which malaria parasites must pass to infect red blood cells, a finding that opens up a highly promising target for a vaccine.

"Our findings were unexpected and have completely changed the way in which we view the invasion process," said Gavin Wright of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the study's senior co-author.

 

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