For decades, physicians and public health officials worldwide have been thwarted by the malaria parasite’s ability to evolve resistance to the succession of drugs developed to treat it. But now University of Massachusetts Amherst microbiologist Stephen Rich and his research team report an effective and sustainable malaria intervention that shows great promise in laboratory models.
This is an image of Artemisia annua growing in front of a photomicrograph of a thin blood smear stained with Giemsa. The round balls are healthy red blood cells while those with magenta stain are malaria-infected.
This work was funded by the UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Worcester Polytechnic.