Scientists in Japan have developed a technique that could diagnose malaria just one day after infection.
It is estimated that in 2010 over 200 million people were infected with malaria and over 600 thousand people died from it. Malaria is caused by Plasmodium parasites that are transmitted by mosquitoes. The parasites invade red blood cells, eventually causing the cells to rupture and release the parasites so they can infect other cells.
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Raman spectroscopic analysis of malaria disease progression via blood and plasma samples
Alison J.Hobro, Aki Konishi, Cevayir Coban and Nicholas I. Smith
Analyst, 2013, Advance Article