Genetic Material in Blood Cells May Affect Malaria Parasites, Duke University Medical Center Study

Published: Aug 16, 2012

Researchers at Duke University Medical Center may finally have discovered why people with sickle cell disease get milder cases of malaria than individuals who have normal red blood cells. In a finding that has eluded scientists for years, Duke researchers discovered that genetic material in red blood cells may help alter parasite activity via a novel mechanism that alters parasite gene regulation.

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