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What Makes Malaria Stick

Scientists at Melbourne's Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research have used genetic tests to discover a group of proteins that help the malaria parasite infect red blood cells. The eight proteins produce a glue-like substance that causes the blood cells to stick to the blood vessels, preventing their transport to the spleen and elimination by the immune system. They hope to use the proteins as future drug targets. "If we block the stickiness we essentially block the virulence or the capacity of the parasite to cause disease," researcher Alan Cowman said.

The Scan

Boosters Chasing Variants

The New York Times reports that an FDA advisory panel is to weigh updated booster vaccines for COVID-19.

Not Yet

The World Health Organization says monkeypox is not yet a global emergency, the Washington Post reports.

More Proposed for Federal Research

Science reports that US House of Representatives panels are seeking to increase federal research funding.

PLOS Papers on Breast Cancer Metastasis, Left-Sided Cardiac Defects, SARS-CoV-2 Monitoring

In PLOS this week: link between breast cancer metastasis and CLIC4, sequencing analysis of left-sided cardiac defects, and more.