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Lab Reports
September 3, 2008

Malaria Mechanism

JAMA. 2008;300(9):1016. doi:10.1001/jama.300.9.1016-a

The malaria parasite produces a number of proteins that empower it to hijack and remodel human red blood cells, according to a new study (Maier AG et al. Cell. 2008;134[1]:48-61).

A team led by researchers at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, Australia, disabled a large number of genes to identify proteins that are exported into Plasmodium falciparum–infected red blood cells and are involved in remodeling these cells.