Published on : Jul 10, 2014
Though it is already known to most of us that malaria parasites attack the bone marrow of humans, escaping the immune system and causing disease, a new research study has found the exact locations where these parasites develop their sanctuaries.
This discovery can lead to the research and development of more effective drugs and vaccines against this deadly condition and its transmission through mosquitoes to a vast population every year.
WHO reports that more than 500,000 people die every year because of malaria globally.
The research is published in the Science Translational Medicine and is being considered a study capable of filling a key knowledge gap in the way diseases were analyzed till date.
The study has produced sufficient evidences to prove that the malaria parasite breeds inside the bone marrow of humans, thus making the immune system weak.
The results have given rise to the hope that scientists could be now able to target the parasites hiding in bone marrow with more efficient medicines or vaccines especially targeted towards these regions.