Updated: 12/16/2013 20:13

NTU scientists say their new finding opens the way for a malaria vaccine in five years



NTU scientists say their new finding opens the way for a malaria vaccine in five years

Scientists from Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have found a way to block the attack of the malaria parasite on the blood cell.

In a statement today, the university said the finding opens the way for a low-cost vaccine against malaria to be developed. 

It said it's looking to collaborate with industry to speed up the process, with the hope of having a vaccine within five years. 

Lead scientist of the project Professor Peter Preiser said the breakthrough should pave the way towards wiping out malaria in the long run. 

The work of his team was published in the journal Nature Communications last month. 

Citing the World Health Organisation, the statement said about 3.3 billion people -- or about half of the world's population -- are at risk of malaria. 

This mosquito-borne disease causes fever and headache and in serious cases, can cause a patient to go into a coma or result in death.

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