Malaria is a scourge that researchers have had a very hard time fighting. But now, thanks to a new technique developed by an international team of researchers, an effective vaccine for malaria may be possible, reports Veronique Greenwood at 80beats. The problem with malaria is that the various strains of Plasmodium falciparum, the protozoan that causes the disease, use different molecular methods to infect red blood cells, Greenwood says.

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