Scientists from the Australian National University (ANU) have discovered a new way to destroy the malaria parasite responsible for more than 500,000 deaths every year by finding a lethal weakness in the malaria parasite. They observed that certain molecules are capable of disabling a molecular salt pump on the surface of the malaria parasite which fills up the parasite with salt and makes them burst.
“The malaria parasite had become resistant to nearly all of the drugs currently available and discovering new ways to kill the parasite was vital,” says ANU’s professor Kiaran Kirk.
The new treatment has already passed clinical trials and would be available in a few years. This comes as a promising shield against the disease.