Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Mosquito molecule that helps malaria spread

Scimex: An Australian-led study has revealed the shape of a particular molecule, found in the gut of mosquitoes, which the malaria parasite uses to infect the insects so they can spread it to other species, such as humans. The researchers discovered a particular region on the molecule that malaria-blocking vaccines bind to when they block the transmission on the parasite, and say that the results will aid in the development of the next-generation of antimalarial vaccines.