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Key to Malaria Growth Found by the Scientists

Update Date: Nov 16, 2015 10:23 AM EST
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Malaria has been rampant in some parts of world and the key to its growth has been explained by the scientists. According to the scientists, the aspect responsible for the rapid division of malaria parasite is the protein molecule called cyclins that cause the cells to split very quickly. The study that was led by the research team from the University of Nottingham said that this revelation can help the researchers come up with new medication and treatments for malaria. This disease is currently claiming more than half a million deaths every year, reports BBC News.

Cyclins, say the researchers, is one of the most crucial protein molecules that are needed for the division of cells. These cells have been studied over the years in humans, yeasts and plants. However, there has been very little known about the cyclins that are present in the malaria parasite and the way they impact the cell development. Dr. Bill Wickstead from the University of Nottingham's School of Life Sciences, said that there are three kinds of cyclin genes that are present in a malaria parasite. Prof Rita Tewari worked extensively on the analysis of cyclin found in the malaria parasite to determine what they do and how they do it. According to her analysis, the malarial parasites made the cells divide too quickly and then made them spread through the blood cells rapidly, as reported by BBC News.

Dr. Magali Roques, lead author of the study said that the research, "will definitely further our understanding of parasite cell division, which I hope will lead to the elimination of this disease in the future."

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