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Viruses, Malaria, Platelets and Artemisia

May 23, 2020 - 10:12 -- Pierre Lutgen


In my previous comments on I alerted to the possibility that the widespread malaria infections in sub-Saharan Africa might provide a protection against the Covid virus. Trying to find an explanation for this observation might be important.

Ultrasensitive and label-free biosensor for the detection of Plasmodium falciparum histidine-rich protein II in saliva

November 27, 2019 - 16:18 -- Open Access
Soraya GV, Abeyrathne CD, Buffet C, Huynh DH, Uddin SM, Chan J, Skafidas E, Kwan P, Rogerson SJ
Sci Rep. 2019 Nov 25;9(1):17495

Malaria elimination is a global public health priority. To fulfil the demands of elimination diagnostics, we have developed an interdigitated electrode sensor platform targeting the Plasmodium falciparum Histidine Rich Protein 2 (PfHRP2) protein in saliva samples. A protocol for frequency-specific PfHRP2 detection in phosphate buffered saline was developed, yielding a sensitivity of 2.5 pg/mL based on change in impedance magnitude of the sensor.

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'Breakthrough' of the week: Flying syringes

March 19, 2010 - 12:29 -- Bart G.J. Knols

In the early 1990s, when scientists first came up with a radical new idea to engineer mosquitoes that would no longer be capable of transmitting pathogens, some thought of an even more fantastic application. Use mosquitoes to vaccinate people. Silence followed until now...

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