Malaria parasite packs genetic material for trip from mosquitoes to humans

The parasite that causes malaria has not one, but two, specialized proteins that protect its messenger RNAs—genetic material that encodes for proteins—until the parasite takes up residence in a new mosquito or a human host. A new study by researchers at Penn State describes the two proteins and reveals an additional role that one may play to facilitate RNA-based interactions between the parasite, its mosquito vector, and its human host. The study appears January 10, 2018, in the journal mSphere.

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