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Laser Tweezers Used to Study Malaria

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Optical tweezers are helping in the race to find new medicines or vaccines to wipe out malaria. A team from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the University of Cambridge is studying how Plasmodium falciparum malaria parasites interact with the red blood cells they invade. The optical tweezers have been a powerful tool for studying malaria biology and drug mechanisms at the single-cell level, according to the researchers. The parasites move from one red blood cell to another in less than a minute, although within two to three minutes after leaving a cell, they lose the ability...Read full article

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