Australian researchers make breakthrough in malaria vaccine | Vaccine News DailyPosted: August 8, 2012
The study, conducted at Melbourne’s Burnet Institute, analyzed the antibodies of individuals in Kenya who became immune to the parasite over time, CBC News reports.
Researchers focused on a key malaria protein called PfEMP1, according to James Beeson, the head of the Institute’s Center for Immunology and the senior author of the study.
“The puzzle has been, what is the key point of attack of the immune system against malaria? We’ve established that one particular protein of malaria is the key point of attack of the immune system,” Beeson said, according to CBC News.
According to the report, certain Kenyans developed immunity to the protein, which means the protein could be the target for a new vaccine.