Skip to comments.Australian researchers close in on malaria vaccine
Posted on 07/02/2013 2:21:40 AM PDT by TexGrill
SYDNEY: Australian researchers said Tuesday they were closing in on a potential vaccine against malaria, with a study showing their treatment had protected mice against several strains of the disease. Michael Good, from Queenslands Griffith University, said the vaccine led to naturally existing white blood cells, or T-cells, attacking the potentially deadly malaria parasite which lives in red blood cells.
A single vaccination induced profound immunity to different malaria parasite species, the study, published Tuesday in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, states.
Good said the teams research was focused on inducing the white blood cells to attack the parasite, whatever the malaria strain.
The T-cells (white blood cells), when theyre induced to kill malaria, can recognise proteins throughout the parasite, even internal proteins in the parasite, he told the ABC.
So thats where we think the novel aspect is: weve been able to induce a form of immune response which can recognise molecules in the parasite which are present in every single strain. Good said he believed it was the first time that a vaccine had been shown to protect against more that two strains of malaria in mice.
The vaccine was expected to be cheap and easy to manufacture, he added, meaning that if applicable to humans it could have a significant impact in poor countries where malaria kills thousands each year.
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Some government entity will kill this research because malaria is such an effective means of population control in third world countries. Much cleaner for the tyrants than abortions.
Thanks. I hadn’t see this. I’m ready to volunteer for the human trials. I think that most days I have a low level case of it.