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Novel Method for Detecting Malaria Parasites

Parasite expert Ingrid Felger has devised a new method for the rapid detection of the parasite that causes malaria. The new method works on genes that have multiple copies in the parasite genome. If these are detected, this reveals parasites present at concentrations that are 10 times lower than the detection limit of current standard assays.

The new assay is portable and it can be used in the field, thereby providing health professionals with a means to track infections close to the source.

Life Cycle of the Malaria Parasite

Life cycle of the malaria parasite

The new assay has been described in the journal PLOS Medicine, in a paper titled “Ultra-Sensitive Detection of Plasmodium falciparum by Amplification of Multi-Copy Subtelomeric Targets.”

About the author

Tim Sandle

Dr. Tim Sandle is a chartered biologist and holds a first class honours degree in Applied Biology; a Masters degree in education; and has a doctorate from Keele University.