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Vaccine Blocks Malaria Transmission In Lab Experiments

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posted on Jul, 23 2009 @ 01:04 PM
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Vaccine Blocks Malaria Transmission In Lab Experiments


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Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute have for the first time produced a malarial protein (Pfs48/45) in the proper conformation and quantity to generate a significant immune response in mice and non-human primates for use in a potential transmission-blocking vaccine. Antibodies induced by Pfs48/45 protein vaccine effectively blocked the sexual development of the malaria-causing parasite, Plasmodium, as it grows within the mosquito.
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posted on Jul, 23 2009 @ 01:04 PM
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Seems like a pretty good step in the right direction, especially since previous experiments of this nature has failed.

“This is an exciting beginning to what might become an important tool in the arsenal for malaria control and progressive elimination of malaria transmission,” said Kumar. There is no animal reservoir for human malaria and in that regard it is possible to gradually reduce malaria transmission to a point of almost eradication. However, Kumar cautioned that more research is needed to achieve that goal. For one, similar research efforts are needed to reduce transmission of Plasmodium vivax, another major human malaria parasite

Even though as said above caution is needed not to get to excited as a lot more research is needed int his area. Still a big step in the right direction

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