Children With Rare Malaria Immunity Could Mean New Vaccine
Researchers say a unique antibody found in the blood of Tanzanian children could help scientists develop a new vaccine to fight malaria.By Briana Altergott | May 23, 2014
Scientists say they have found an unlikely new weapon in the fight against malaria — a group of children in Tanzania.
"Malaria is rife there, and yet researchers found a group of children who seem naturally resistant to the disease, and their antibodies could be used in a vaccine." (Via BBC)
After analyzing blood samples from 1,000 Tanzanian toddlers, researchers from Brown University's medical school discovered 6 percent of those children produce an antibody that attacks the malaria-causing parasite and makes the children immune to the disease. (Via Science, Al Jazeera)