THIS DISCOVERY MAY SAVE 1 MILLION LIVES PER YEAR
Malaria kills 1 million people worldwide every year- mostly children. Researchers at the Sanger Institute in Cambridge have discovered the entry route used by malarial parasites to enter blood cells. They found a protein called PfRh5 on the parasite which is needed to gain entry into the blood cells. By creating a vaccine which will train the immune system to attack this protein, they hope to make deaths from malaria a thing of the past. Another vaccine called RTS S is already effective in preventing malaria in half the people vaccinated. These researchers, often poorly paid and unrecognized, can help millions with their discoveries.