Blocking human protein cuts malaria

malaria_2695307bUniversity of Leicester and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found a key protein, called a protein kinase , which allows malaria parasite to stay in bloodstream.

The team has prevented the protein from working, thus killing the parasite. This is a real breakthrough in our understanding of how malaria survives in the bloodstream and invades red blood cells.

Malaria has been a problem in India for centuries. Official figures says, 70 lakhs to 16 lakhs confirmed cases and 400 -1000 deaths annually due to this deadly disease.