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Podcast: 7th International Conference on Plasmodium vivax Research

July 1, 2019 - 10:34 -- Malaria Minute

Malaria Minute, 28 June 2019

Scientists gather in Paris for the 7th International Conference on Plasmodium vivax Research, high-resolution maps chart P. falciparum and P. vivax prevalence over seventeen years and Brian Gitta is named a laureate for developing a new method of malaria diagnosis. Listen to this Podcast

Efficient synchronization of Plasmodium knowlesi in vitro cultures using guanidine hydrochloride

April 29, 2019 - 13:17 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Sutharinee Ngernna, Anongruk Chim-ong, Wanlapa Roobsoong, Jetsumon Sattabongkot, Liwang Cui and Wang Nguitragool
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Malaria Journal 2019 18:148, 25 April 2019

Long-term in vitro culture of blood stage Plasmodium parasites invariably leads to asynchronous parasite development. The most often used technique to synchronize Plasmodium falciparum culture is sorbitol treatment, which differentially induces osmotic lysis of trophozoite- and schizont-infected red blood cells due to presence of the new permeation pathways in the membranes of these cells. However, sorbitol treatment does not work well when used to synchronize the culture-adapted Plasmodium knowlesi A1-H.1 line.

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Smell of infected people attracts more anophelines

July 1, 2014 - 11:13 -- William Jobin
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We are all aware of the Stinky Feet effect, in which human skin odors attract female anophelines in a dark bedroom. And to many of us, this suggests that we should wash our feet before going to bed.

Now, Mescher of ETH Zurich, De Moraes and others - in a recent article in Proc. of the National Academy - indicated that mice infected with Plasmodia are more attractive to anophelines than ordinary mice. SO

If this evolved as a durable trait in anopheline mosquitoes, it means it conferred either a survival advantage, or a reproductive advantage to the mosquito.

MIM2013 - Conference Newsletter 16 August 2013

August 19, 2013 - 18:36 -- MalariaWorld Events

The latest news from the MIM Secretariat. Read about important dates, plenary speakers, and a pre-conference workshop in the attached MIM Update of 16 August 2013. Feel free to share this information with your fellow colleagues. 

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MIM2013 - Meet our Plenary Speakers: Dr Abdisalan Mohamed Noor

August 14, 2013 - 11:42 -- MalariaWorld Events

Dr Abdisalan Mohamed Noor (PhD) is a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at the Kenya Medical Research Institute/Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KEMRI-WTRP) in Nairobi.  His areas of research include access to health care, mapping of malaria transmission, populations at risk and the coverage and impact of malaria control interventions in Africa.

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ABO Blood Groups Influence Macrophage-mediated Phagocytosis of Plasmodium falciparum-infected Erythrocytes

November 11, 2012 - 09:51 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Kayla T. Wolofsky, Kodjo Ayi, Donald R. Branch, Annika K. Hult, Martin L. Olsson, W. Conrad Liles, Christine M. Cserti-Gazdewich, Kevin C. Kain
Reference: 
PLoS Pathog 8(10): e1002942
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Erythrocyte polymorphisms associated with a survival advantage to Plasmodium falciparum infection have undergone positive selection.

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