Parasite protein offers new hope for malaria vaccine

Parasite protein offers new hope for malaria vaccine

Newly discovered molecule spurs kids’ immune systems to pump out antibodies

By Meghan Rosen, 13:51 PM May 22, 2014

Tanzanian toddlers may have handed scientists the key to kicking malaria.

By examining blood plasma of two-year-olds exposed to the disease, researchers have discovered a new vaccine target: a protein recognized by the immune systems of malaria-resistant children.

Malaria, which can be especially deadly for kids, develops when mosquito-borne protozoan parasites invade and then burst out of red blood cells to enter the bloodstream. Drugs can treat the disease, but researchers have struggled to d...

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