Vivax malaria may be evolving around natural defense ( 2.5 billion people worldwide are at risk )

Contact: Kevin Mayhood kevin.mayhood@case.edu 216-368-4442 Case Western Reserve University 3 gene mutations appear to be invasion mechanisms              IMAGE:   Plasmodium vivax has traditionally infected red blood cells of hosts in the Duffy positive blood group but Duffy negative people have been resistant. Click here for more information.      CLEVELAND—Researchers at Case Western Reserve…

No idle chatter: Study finds malaria parasites ‘talk’ to each other – It Changes everything

Contact: Liz Williams williams@wehi.edu.au 61-405-279-095 Walter and Eliza Hall Institute Melbourne scientists have made the surprise discovery that malaria parasites can ‘talk’ to each other – a social behaviour to ensure the parasite’s survival and improve its chances of being transmitted to other humans. The finding could provide a niche for developing antimalarial drugs and…

No Antibodies, No Problem

    Researchers Identify How Mosquito Immune System Attacks Specific Infections   Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have determined a new mechanism by which the mosquitoes’ immune system can respond with specificity to infections with various pathogens, including the parasite that causes malaria in humans, using one single gene. Unlike…

The malaria species rampant in the Asia-Pacific region has been a significant driver of evolution of the human genome, a new study has shown.

‘Benign’ Malaria Key Driver of Human Evolution in Asia-Pacific ScienceDaily (Sep. 4, 2012) Professor Ivo Mueller led a study that showed the malaria species rampant in the Asia-Pacific region has been a significant driver of evolution of the human genome An international team of researchers has shown that Plasmodium vivax malaria, the most prevalent malaria…