Here's how malaria parasites evade immune system

While living in human red blood cells, malaria parasites use new genetic tricks every 48 hours to evade the human immune system, a sequencing of the Plasmodium falciparum parasite has revealed.

Cause of malaria drug resistance in Southeast Asia identified

Malaria drug resistance in Southeast Asia is caused by a single mutated gene in the disease-causing parasite, a Columbia University-led study has found.

New compound can destroy malaria in 48 hours

 A promising new anti-malarial compound tricks the immune system to rapidly destroy red blood cells infected with the malaria parasite without damaging healthy cells, a new study has found.

Genetic `barcode` to identify origin of malaria

Containing malaria could be a lot more convenient as researchers have now designed a genetic barcode of malaria parasite, which can be used to identify the geographic origin of the parasite from a blood sample and monitor its spread.

DNA-tinkered, male-only mosquitoes to check malaria

In a pioneering work towards eradicating malaria, scientists have modified mosquitoes to produce sperm that will only create males.

Key protein essential for malaria parasite transmission to mosquitoes found

Researchers have found that a single regulatory protein acts as the master genetic switch that triggers the development of male and female sexual forms (termed gametocytes) of the malaria parasite.

Deadly human malaria parasite may have come out of Africa

Researchers have claimed to have linked origin of deadly human malaria parasite to primates to Africa, and not Asia, as once believed.

Malaria may be evolving around natural defence

Scientists have discovered recent genetic mutations in a malaria parasite and have found a duplication of a gene known to enable the parasite to infect red blood cells and two possible additional components to a more complex red cell invasion mechanism.

Discovery paves way for new anti-malaria drugs

A protein which doubles up as a salt pump at the malaria parasite surface could pave the way for a new class of anti-malarial drugs, according to a new discovery.

New `iron control` strategy to prevent malaria

Scientists have discovered a new `iron control` strategy to develop tolerance against life threatening malaria parasite, by controlling the accumulation of iron in tissues of the infected host.

How malaria parasite infects red blood cells

MIT-led research team has identified a protein that significantly reduces malaria-infected red blood cells’ ability to squeeze through tiny channels compared to healthy cells.

Mosquitoes incapable of transmitting malaria created

Researchers have produced a model of the Anopheles stephensi mosquito, which is a major source of malaria in India and the Middle East, that impairs the development of the malaria parasite.

Malaria parasite `goes bananas before sex`

Scientists claim that the malaria parasite adopts a banana shape before sexual reproduction to sneak into spleen.

Protein key to survival of malaria parasite identified

Washington University scientists cracked the structure and function of a protein that plays a key role in the life of malaria parasite.

New way to ‘tame’ malaria parasite identified

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the University of California-San Francisco have developed a novel technique to “tame” the malaria parasite, by forcing it to depend on an external supply of a vital chemical.