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University of British Columbia Researcher Invents "Lab On A Chip" Device to Study Malaria



2/29/2012 7:33:15 AM

University of British Columbia researcher Hongshen Ma has developed a simple and accurate device to study malaria, a disease that currently affects 500 million people per year worldwide and claims a million lives. Spread by mosquitoes, malaria is caused by a tiny parasite that infects human red blood cells. Ma and his team designed a “lab on a chip” device to better understand the changes in red blood cells caused by Plasmodium falciparum, the most common species of malaria parasites.

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