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Starve them

Starve them

作者:介揖  时间:2019-03-06 06:18:02  人气:

THE discovery of the trick that the malaria parasite uses to get food could help researchers develop new drugs to combat the disease. The parasites grow and divide inside red blood cells. By measuring the flow of ions through cell membranes, Sanjay Desai of the National Institutes of Health near Washington DC discovered that infected cells have a membrane channel not found in normal cells. “The channel lets in all the nutrients the parasite needs,” he says. The parasites make the channel and insert it into their hosts’ membrane to ensure that they get enough food,