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Research develops 'novel' approach to malaria vaccine

Clinical trial testing for a malaria vaccine in a small group of people could begin within 18 months, researchers said.

Doctor Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said researchers found "a novel and different type of an approach toward a vaccine".

Clinical trials could begin within a year. Credit: Patrick Pleul/DPA/Press Association Images

He added: "It's profoundly important to develop an effective malaria vaccine."

Director of Rhode Island Hospital's Center for International Health Research, doctor Jonathan Kurtis, said researchers found that antibodies sent by the body's immune system, acted on a protein and trapped the parasites inside the red blood cells, blocking the progression of the disease.


Malaria vaccine to be tested within four to six weeks

A promising new approach intended to imprison malaria causing parasites inside infected red blood cells has been developed by scientists.

Researchers are to test an experimental vaccine. Credit: James Gathany/Cdc/Handout/DPA/Press Association Images

Researchers said an experimental vaccine based on this idea protected mice in five trials and will be tested on lab monkeys beginning in the next four to six weeks. The disease kills a child every minute in Africa.

Using blood samples and epidemiological data collected from hundreds of children in Tanzania, where malaria is endemic, the researchers pinpointed a protein, called PfSEA-1, that the parasites need in order to escape from inside red blood cells they infect as they cause malaria.

Gunmen rob British school pupils on Africa trip

Gunmen forced a group of 16 British school pupils and staff from their vehicle during a roadside ambush on an expedition in Africa.

Money, cameras and mobile phones were stolen as the robbers rifled through their belongings during the hold-up in the Tabora region of Tanzania.

The pupils attend the private Cranbrook School in Kent. Credit: Google Street View

The 14 students, aged 15 to 18, and two staff members from the private Cranbrook School in Kent were "shaken" but uninjured following the robbery last month.

Headmaster John Weeds said, "We understand that the police have got to the bottom of who was responsible," as local reports suggest four men are due in court after admitting robbery.

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