Compounds defeat malaria at every step

Compounds defeat malaria at every step

Experimental drugs are first to kill all stages of the parasite’s infection cycle

By Beth Mole, 13:11 PM November 27, 2013

By striking at a critical enzyme in malaria parasites, researchers can defeat the protozoan in all stages of an infection. Compounds kill even those forms of the parasite that hide in the liver or lie low in the bloodstream.

The new battle plan, published November 27 in Nature, arrives at a time when malaria parasites are becoming increasingly resistant to drugs. Malaria parasites, protozoans in the genus Plasmodium, exist in several distinct life stages within the human body, each of which ha...

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