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  • Scientists find rare group of children who are naturally immune to malaria

    http://m.timesofindia.com/home/scien...w/35514603.cms
    Scientists find rare group of children who are naturally immune to malaria
    May 23, 2014, 02.29PM IST TNN[ Kounteya Sinha ]

    LONDON: Blood from a rare group of children from Tanzania, found to be naturally immune to malaria has now helped scientists take a giant leap in developing a vaccine against the world's deadliest vector borne disease ? malaria.

    Researchers from the Brown University School of Medicine have found that these children produce an antibody that attacks the malaria-causing parasite. Antibody is an infection-fighting protein produced by our immune system when it detects harmful substances.

    Injecting a form of this antibody into mice protected the animals from the disease. Scientists say these antibodies would ultimately reveal the Achilles heel of malaria and help create the elusive vaccine...
    Maybe this knowledge could also lead to an antibody based treatment.
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