Deeper Understanding of Malaria Parasite Sexual Development Unlocks Opportunities to Block Disease Spread

For the first time, the developmental stages of the deadliest human malaria parasite have been mapped in high resolution, allowing researchers to understand this ever-adapting adversary in more detail than previously possible. The study, published May 2 in Science, details the critical developmental stages of the malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, using single-cell RNA sequencing. This gives detailed information on the life stages of this parasite as it matures, changing from an asexual state to a sexual state, which is necessary before the parasite can be transmitted to mosquitoes. The open-access article is titled “A Single Cell Atlas of Sexual Development in Plasmodium falciparum.”

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