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Malaria Vaccine Passes Phase I Testing
by Steven Argue
Tuesday Aug 13th, 2013 2:16 PM
[Photo: The most virulent form of malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, shown destroying red blood cells in the liver after digesting the cell's hemoglobin and rupturing the cell. Credit Albert Bonniers Forlag / National Geographic]
Malaria Vaccine Passes Phase I Testing

by Steven Argue

In 2010 an estimated 665,000 people died of malaria. This tropical disease is expected to spread to new areas due to global warming.

Up until now the development of a malaria vaccine has been difficult, but it was recognized that exposures to the malaria parasite did produce immunity. On August 8, 2013 results of phase I testing published in Science show that repeated exposures to non-replicating malaria parasites was effective in producing immunity. Yet, in this first stage of testing an extremely limited number of people were tested. The six people who got the highest dosage of vaccine in the test did not develop malaria. Clinical trials will now be conducted at Tanzania’s Ifakara Health institute. Those developing the vaccine estimate that a vaccine may be commercially available in three to five years.

Unlike most diseases tackled by vaccines, the parasite that causes malaria is not caused by a virus or bacterium, but instead by a more complex parasite called a Plasmodium (part of the Kingdom Chromalveolata, which includes kelp). The ancestors of Plasmodium were a photosynthetic algae. Unlike viruses, Plasmodium parasites are complex organisms that have evolved a number of differing stages in its life cycle to hide from human immunity and to be able to live in the guts of mosquitoes. Anopheles mosquitoes are the vectors that carry malaria from human to human. Up until now the differences in how human immunity reacts to the presence the Plasmodium parasite as opposed to viruses has been a major obstacle in the development of a vaccine.

Despite the lies of numerous opponents to scientific medicine, vaccines for viruses have literally saved the lives of countless millions of people from many deadly diseases. This includes smallpox, a horrible disease that once killed an estimated two million people per year. Smallpox has been wiped off the face of the Earth through world vaccination efforts that were first proposed and then heavily backed by the USSR. If successful, this malaria vaccine will stand out as one of the most important advancements in scientific medicine along side other great achievements that have prolonged life and greatly improved its quality like antibiotics, anesthetics, other vaccines, birth control, and insulin.

-Steven Argue of the Revolutionary Tendency

For the original research paper, see:

Protection Against Malaria by Intravenous Immunization with a Nonreplicating Sporozoite Vaccine

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