Monday, November 25, 2019

Malaria Breakthrough

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Malaria is a disease that despite the many people working on it, still affects more than 400,000 people. It is transmitted through mosquitoes who are infected with a parasite, and can be found in a variety of areas.

Researchers have carried out a study where they took the genome of the malaria parasite Plasmodium, and deleted parts of it to see what it would do to the parasite's life cycle. They used this on 1300 different genes. The results of this was analyzed to find metabolic pathways for the parasite, allowing them to make predictions on which genes are important for malaria control.

I think this is impressive, they put in a lot of work to target 1300 genes, I would be very interested in hearing about what they do with the information they received from this experiment. Likely, they will be able to find use for this information within the next few years.

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