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Malaria Parasite

Artemisinin contains two oxygen atoms hooked together that break down in the presence of iron, by creating very reactive free radicals that kill malaria parasites and cancer cells. Both cancer cells and malaria parasites sequester iron, accumulating as much as 1000 times what normal cells store. Giving artemisinin to people with malaria or cancer results in destruction of these abnormal cells and leaves normal cells unaffected. Making artemisinin a cancer killing bomb!

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Life cycle of the human malaria parasite. Image credit: Le Roch Lab, UC Riverside.

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Vintage illustrations of malaria in blood smears

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Scientists find way to trap, kill malaria parasite

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Postdoctoral position in Molecular Malaria Research The project aims to explore gene regulatory mechanisms that govern the development of the malaria parasite in human red blood cells. job URL: http://www.academictransfer.com/employer/RUN/vacancy/14628/lang/en/ photo source: NIAID - NIH

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The first edition of the artwork was made especially for the charity Malaria No More. See image above of Bono promoting ‘Malaria No More’ charity and auction of Jerram’s Malaria sculpture. This work has recently been on display in the Museum of Art and Design, NYC and at the Heller Gallery.

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from Smithsonian

Scientists Find a New Way to Exploit and Attack Malaria

Malaria protozoa have multiplied in two cells in a culture dish of red blood cells. One has burst open releasing the parasites to infect other cells

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NIH Explores Connection Between Ebola Survival and Co-Infection with Malaria Parasites http://www.sciencetotal.com/news/2016-08-nih-explores-connection-between-ebola-survival-and-co-infection-with-malaria-parasites/

The malaria parasite enters the bloodstream, multiplies in the liver cells, and is then released back into the bloodstream, where it infects and destroys red blood cells.

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