A new way to understand the malaria parasite | Pacific Beat

A new way to understand the malaria parasite

A new way to understand the malaria parasite

Updated 17 May 2013, 16:15 AEST

Australian Scientists have discovered that malaria parasites communicate with each other in the human blood stream.

This allows them to synchronise their sexual development and prepare for re-infecting mosquitoes.

The discovery, published in the journal 'Cell', could lead to a new way to fight the disease.

The research project was done in collaboration with the Bio 21 Institute.

It was supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, Howard Hughes Medical Research Institute and the Victorian Government

One of the researchers is Professor Alan Cowman, head of the Infection and Immunity division at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne.

He explained the breakthrough to Liam Cochrane.

Presenter: Liam Cochrane

Speaker: Prof Alan Cowman, head of the Infection and Immunity division at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute

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