NTU study makes key find towards malaria vaccine
Team identifies antibodies to block parasite invasion
Scientists at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) believe their ground-breaking research could lead to a vaccine against malaria within five years.
Professor Peter Preiser, chair of NTU's School of Biological Sciences, said a low-cost vaccine could help save lives and prevent millions of dollars' worth of economic loss due to malaria sickness.
The mosquito-borne disease usually causes fevers and headaches, but last year it killed an estimated 627,000 people, mostly African children, according to the World Health Organisation.
There is no vaccine on the market, although British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline has developed one that had some success with young children and infants.
PROTECTING BLOOD CELLS
This signal tells the parasite that it's in the right place and to invade. Jamming this signal stopped the invasion.
- Professor Peter Preiser, chair of NTU's School of Biological Sciences