Monthly Archives: August 2014

The malarial parasite PTEX – a nexus for protein export into the erythrocyte host cell.

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Guest post by Sue Kyes (Oxford University) and Paul Horrocks (Keele University) Development of robust genetic research systems to explore the biology of Plasmodium falciparum has lagged far behind model organisms such as yeast and Drosophila. In two recent back-to-back reports in Nature, however, the application of three novel (at least for Plasmodium!) conditional expression… Read more »


Taking Turns: how Plasmodium changes its spots


A guest post from James Edwards-Smallbone and Catherine Merrick, Keele University, UK. Plasmodium falciparum is familiar to many as the parasite that causes the most severe form of malaria.  Malaria is responsible for about 200 million infections and at least half a million deaths every year, most of the latter in children under the age… Read more »


Building our future by exposing undergraduates to ticks and mosquitoes in the lab and the field


Experts in vector biology, surveillance, control and vector-borne diseases are getting older. Whilst attending a number of US vector control and society meetings over the years, I could not help but notice that most mosquito control professionals are getting close to retirement. Therefore, there is a critical need for a steady supply of young professionals… Read more »