New Study Provides Breakthrough In Malaria Treatments

February 9, 2009

Australia (ChattahBox) – A joint research effort by the University Technology, Sydney, and Monash University, has found a way to recognize, alter, and kill the parasite responsible for malaria, the condition that kills over a million people annually.

The research has found that you can deactivate the parasite’s digestive system, within the last stage of the disease, starving it to death. While it is still in it’s early stages, it is a huge breakthrough in the fight against malaria, and it is hoped that it will lead to effective new drugs in the condition.

“Drug-resistant malaria is an ever increasing problem, meaning that there is an urgent requirement to develop new therapeutic strategies,” Professor James Whisstock of Monash University said.

“About forty percent of the world’s population are at risk of contracting malaria. It is only early days but this discovery could one day provide treatment for some of those 2.5 billion people across the globe.”


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