Washington: In a new study, researchers have identified several novel genes that make some children more efficient than others in the way their immune system responds to malaria infection.The study was conducted by researchers from Sainte-Justine University Hospital Center in collaboration with the University of Montreal.“Malaria is a major health problem world-wide, with over 3 billion individuals at risk and hundreds of thousands of deaths annually, a majority of which are African children under the age of 5. Why some children are prone to infection, while others are resistant and efficiently fight the disease? These are the questions we sought to answer with our study,” Youssef Idaghdour, lead author of the study, said.However, to succeed where many other studies have failed, the team used an approach different from the classic in vitro one, where the genome is analyzed using cells grown in a laboratory.
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