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Researchers: Bacteria may hold secret to stopping malaria

May 10, 2013

Researchers: Bacteria may hold secret to stopping malaria

Have you ever had malaria?

Researchers from Michigan State University have discovered that bacteria may be key to stopping malaria. While mosquitoes are extremely good at transmitting diseases, new researchers reveals that they are also equally skillful at helping cure diseases like malaria.

Michigan State researchers found that that transmission of malaria via mosquitoes to humans can be stopped by utilizing a strain of the bacteria Wolbachia in the tiny insects. According to researchers, this bacteria acts a lot like a vaccine, protecting the mosquitoes from being infected by malaria parasites.

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