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Malaria Threat May Face The End: New Research Explores Opportunities To Prevent The Disease

Apr 14, 2017 06:44 AM EDT

A lab technician works on testing blood samples for malaria from the field at the Institute Pasteur of Cambodia Epidemiology Molecular Unit July 23, 2010 in Phnom Penh.
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Malaria is one of the fatal diseases still exists on this earth. Recently, a research team has uncovered a great technique to analyze this disease to get an effective outcome.

A research team has invented a new way to analyze malaria-infected red blood cells. The new technique can minutely analyze these infected cells to uncover many important facts. Dr. Sergey Kapishnikov is the main researcher to lead this study, according to Phys.org.

Malaria is a life-threatened blood disease and parasite is the main culprit of this disease. This parasite creates a very harmful impact on the human body with a very complex life cycle. Once it is transmitted in the body, it takes shelter inside a cell and gradually hampers the immune system.

For so many years, researchers around the world have been trying hard to discover the fittest way to tackle the deadly disease, malaria. Discussions are still on about the necessity of a vaccine that helps to maintain a permanent immunity in the body to solve this problem. Though, no successful result is so far acquired.

According to Daily Nation, malaria killed 20,000 Kenyans last year. Sources say Kenya is trying its best to tackle the upsurge of this disease, though no effective result is seen so far. It is a painful fact indeed.

Dr. Kapishnikov at the Niels Bohr Institute has made a great breakthrough with the research team to examine the malaria-infected cells. With the help of advanced technologies, they succeeded to create virtual cell slices. Next, the team applied the soft x-rays and hard x-rays to examine those slices.

The team monitored the iron concentration in the hemozoin crystals exist in the parasite and in hemoglobin. The researchers also examined the amount of potassium in the malaria-infected cells and revealed that the parasite absorbed its huge amount. Surprisingly, the parasite used the protein to digest hemoglobin. In a word, the parasite used the protein as a nutrient.

The researcher found that heme is very harmful to the parasite. But, the formation of hemozoin can reduce the effects of heme. So to prevent malaria it is necessary to prevent the hemozoin formation first.

The new study gives a clear idea about the internal structure of the deadly disease malaria. Hopefully, this revelation will soon help to invent the effective medicine to eradicate this problem. No doubt the research team plays a significant role in the arena of medical science.

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