Topic: malaria

Malaria mosquito

New insight into malaria could boost the search for a vaccine

The effort to develop an effective vaccine against malaria has been long and frustrating, largely because scientists have been unable to figure out precisely how the parasite that causes the disease, Plasmodium, infects red blood cells. Now researchers at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in the U.K. believe they’ve solved a piece of that puzzle in a way that could be used to make an effective vaccine against malaria.