Algae: Key Ingredient in Malaria VaccinePosted: May 31, 2012
Mayfield’s team injected the proteins they created from algae into mice. The mice then made antibodies, which blocked the production of the malaria parasite. The team then collaborated with UCSD School of Medicine professor Joseph Vinetz, who studies malaria.
Vinetz has mosquitoes that carry malaria as part of his research, and he injected the proteins Mayfield’s lab created into the mosquitoes. The proteins successfully blocked the malaria parasite from developing inside the mosquito.