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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