SCIENTISTS have now found a way to render "killer" malaria viruses impotent.
Researchers based in the Institute
of Molecular Medicine at Oxford
University and other research bodies
in the us have identified a family
of genes which are thought to be
responsible for people dying from the disease.
There are 4 types of malaria viruses, but only I is fatal. This lethal malarial parasite manipulates blood cells - both making them sticky and stopping anti-bodies from destroying them. As a result tfie infected blood cells stick to the insides of the small blood vessels of organs in the body, particularly the brain. trhe patient goes into coma, and eventu ally dies.
The researchers took patqsites from infected patients and grew them in laboratories. By extracting DNA from the parasites, they were able to identify the genes. Armed with this new information, the scieitists hope that it will now be their turn to manipulate the parasite and come up with some new methods of treatment.
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