The malaria parasite is one of our most pernicious enemies, evading the immune system and rapidly acquiring resistance to the drugs designed to kill it. Explore research into the parasite genes, which make it so deadly, and into the latest drugs designed to combat the parasite's threat.
When food is scarce, many animals need to choose when to conserve energy and survive and when to spend energy reproducing. New research from the University of Edinburgh shows that malarial parasites gather information from their environment to strike a delicate balance between the two. 18/02/11
Researchers have decoded the genome of a malaria parasite that has a host range from monkeys to man. Identified originally in monkeys, the Plasmodium knowlesi parasite was first reported in a human infection just over 40 years ago. 09/10/08
Scientists funded by the Wellcome Trust have identified a key mechanism that enables malaria-infected red blood cells to stick to the walls of blood vessels and avoid being destroyed by the body's immune system. 10/07/08
Scientists at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine have made a major breakthrough in discovering why the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum has become resistant to chloroquine, one of the most successful drugs ever used to treat the disease. 23/09/04
Scientists at the University of Liverpool are developing a second-generation antimalarial drug to address the high mortality rate from Plasmodium falciparum malaria - which kills one to two million people every year. 23/04/04