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Breakthrough in Malaria Research published in the Journal Cell

Cell press release Liver cell infected with plasmodium parasites cropped[2019-11-14] An international research consortium published in today's issue of Cell about their newest breakthrough in malaria research.The group discovered hundreds of genes that are required for efficient parasite transmission to mosquitoes through the liver.

"To identify seven metabolic pathways that are essential to a Plasmodium parasite’s ability to reproduce in the host liver is incredibly exciting. Our findings will allow malaria researchers worldwide to focus on these essential genes, in order to develop efficient drugs and vaccines to help tackle malaria", Ellen Bushell commented in the interview with Umeå University's communication office.

The study involved scientists from University of Bern, Wellcome Sanger Institute, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), University of Geneva, Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine in Hamburg, Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, University of Cambridge together with the Billker lab and Bushell lab at MIMS.

Rebecca R. Stanway et al. (2019): Genome Scale Identification of Essential Metabolic Processes for Targeting the Plasmodium Liver Stage. Cell. DOI:
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Picture: Liver cells infected with Plasmodium parasites (in red), credit to University of Bern

Emmanuelle Charpentier took the Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Emmanuelle has been awarded jointly with Jennifer Doudna the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discovering the groundbreaking CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology. She is a former group leader at MIMS, honorary doctor at Umeå University and former visiting professor at UCMR.

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Battling antibiotic resistance

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