Breakthrough: Scientists in India make progress towards a viable Malaria vaccine

Interesting breakthrough

Biotechin.Asia

Anopheles mosquito. Pic credit: http://www.cdc.gov/malaria/about/biology/mosquitoes/                                                      Anopheles mosquito
Pic credit: http://www.cdc.gov/malaria/about/biology/mosquitoes/

Scientists from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and International Centre for Genetic engineering and biotechnology in New Delhi, India have discovered a novel molecule that could be a viable target for vaccines against malaria.

The quest for a malaria vaccine has been going on for decades now, with over 200 million people being affected annually, and  over 3.2 billion people at the risk of  malaria (WHO ). Most deaths occur among children living in Africa where a child dies every minute from malaria.  In the light of these concerns, the new findings by scientists in India give hope for a malaria vaccine in the near future.

Malaria is caused by a parasite called Plasmodium which spreads to people through the…

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