Categories: Biology

A New Way to Attack Malarial Parasites in Blood Cells

A New Way to Attack Malarial Parasite in Blood Cells

Researchers from Yale University detail a new way to attack malarial parasites in blood cells.

Yale University researchers have found a new way to slow the development of malarial parasites within blood cells they infect, even in some drug-resistant strains that are on the rise in many parts of the world.

Malarial parasites are transmitted to humans by some species of mosquitoes that feed on blood. Almost 2 million people annually are sickened by malaria and more than 600,000 die.

“Drug resistant strains are becoming a very serious problems in places like Southeast Asia,” said Yale professor Sidney Altman, a Nobel laureate and senior author of the study.

Altman’s lab identified a way to easily modify genes of the malaria parasite P. falciparum to interfere with development of the parasite within blood cells, which the organisms destroy, causing severe anemia. The technique slowed development of parasite even in strains resistant to two common forms of drug treatment.

The work appears in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science the week of September 7.

Bill Hathaway, Yale University

Recent Posts

A New Hope for Sepsis Treatments: Anticancer Drugs

Research conducted by the IGC shows that these drugs can control inflammation, making them potential…

February 4, 2023

Quantum Materials Unveiled: A New X-Ray Imaging Technique

Using light to create transient phases in quantum materials is a novel method for engineering…

February 4, 2023

What Age Do People Sleep the Least?

A new study conducted by researchers from University College London, the University of East Anglia,…

February 3, 2023

How To Shelter From a Nuclear Explosion

Simulations reveal the destructive power of blast waves and the best places to take shelter.…

February 3, 2023

Is There Life on Saturn’s Icy Moon Enceladus? A Future Space Mission Could Provide Answers

Enceladus, encased in a thick ice shell and surrounded by a vast ocean, is a…

February 3, 2023

A Historic Discovery: Archaeologists Uncover Oldest Known Projectile Points in the Americas

Oregon State University archaeologists have made a historic discovery in Idaho by uncovering projectile points…

February 3, 2023