There is new hope that a vaccine could be prepared in the battle against Malaria which still affects millions of people around the developing world.
Scientists now believe that they understand how the malaria parasite entersred blood cells.
The scientists, who work for the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in the UK, identified a red blood cell receptor that acts like a gateway into the cell. When they blocked the malaria protein from interacting with this receptor, the disease could not get in.
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“By identifying a single receptor that appears to be essential for parasites to invade human red blood cells, we have also identified an obvious and very exciting focus for vaccine development,” study co-author Dr. Julian Rayner said in statement.