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  Kislev 19, 5778 , 07/12/17

Weizmann: Possible defense in the battle against malaria

In a new study reported in Nature Communications, researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science, together with collaborators in Ireland and Australia, have shown that Plasmodium falciparum malaria parasite is even more devious than previously thought: Not only does it hide from the body’s immune defenses, it employs an active strategy to deceive the immune system.

Doctor Neta Regev-Rudzki of Weizmann’s Biomolecular Sciences Department says, “We’ve discovered a subversive strategy the malaria parasite employs in order to thrive in human blood. By interfering with this subversion of the immune system, it may be possible in the future to develop ways of blocking malarial infection.”

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