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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

Another Resignation

According to the Wall Street Journal, a third advisory panel member has resigned following the US Food and Drug Administration's approval of an Alzheimer's disease drug.

Novavax Finds Its Vaccine Effective

Reuters reports Novavax's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine is more than 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19.

Can't Be Used

The US Food and Drug Administration says millions of vaccine doses made at an embattled manufacturing facility cannot be used, the New York Times reports.

PLOS Papers on Frozen Shoulder GWAS, Epstein-Barr Effects on Immune Cell Epigenetics, More

In PLOS this week: genome-wide association study of frozen shoulder, epigenetic patterns of Epstein-Barr-infected B lymphocyte cells, and more.