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How Bacteria Can Help Halt Malaria Transmission

Bacteria can halt malaria transmission

Malaria is a deadly disease that claims the lives of more than half a million people every year. In a groundbreaking discovery, scientists have found that a naturally occurring strain of bacteria could be used to stop the transmission of malaria from mosquitoes to humans.

The bacteria, called TC1, is found in the environment and can be ingested by mosquitoes. Once inside the mosquito, TC1 secretes a molecule called harmane, which inhibits the growth of malaria parasites. This prevents the parasites from developing into infective forms that can be transmitted to humans when the mosquito bites.

TC1 has been shown to be effective in reducing malaria transmission in laboratory studies. Ongoing trials are now being conducted to assess its effectiveness in real-world settings. If TC1 is shown to be safe and effective, it could be a major breakthrough in the fight against malaria.

This discovery is particularly promising for young children, who are particularly vulnerable to malaria. Malaria is the leading cause of death in children under the age of five in Africa. TC1 could help to protect millions of children from this deadly disease.

The discovery of TC1 is a major step forward in the fight against malaria. It is a natural, safe, and effective way to stop the transmission of this deadly disease. With further research, TC1 could be a powerful tool in the fight to eradicate malaria.

Research paper: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/37535741/


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