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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Invisibility Cloaks 

Malaria is a scary thing. The Plasmodium bacteria invade our red blood cells, and are able to 'cloak' themselves from immune detection by regularly changing their surface proteins (antigens). New research sheds light on how this cloaking occurs, offering not only a deeper understanding of malaria and of gene regulation in general, but also a glimmer of hope for new treatments of the disease. Do read the whole thing, as there's some cool stuff in there.

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