A new GAP (genetically attenuated parasite) has been created that looks promising as an effective vaccine against Malaria. The impact of this vaccine would prevent over 200 million people from obtaining the malaria parasite. Malaria is most commonly transmitted through mosquito bites into humans. However researchers at Seattle Biomedical Research Institute have finally created a vaccine that is 100% effective, 100% of the time in protecting mice from the malaria parasite. It shows some promise in human candidates but they want the GAP to be "perfect" before releasing it into the human immune system, so it can be recognized and protected against. Think about what this would mean for countries suffering from Malaria epidemics! Exciting stuff.
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