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Malaria Parasites Are Affected by Jet Lag

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In a new way to fight malaria, Edinburgh University experts have effectively given the parasites which spread malaria jet lag, and thereby make them more vulnerable and less effective at causing infections.

Dr Sarah Reece, who led the research, said: "For this study, we effectively gave the parasites jet lag. Our findings suggest that parasites have developed some clever tricks to get their timing right and cause an infection."

"The more we know about how malaria parasites work, the better equipped we will be to tackle them effectively," Reece said. Malaria kills a million people yearly in sub-Saharan Africa alone and affects hundreds of millions more.

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