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Jake Baum Captures First Footage of a Malaria Attack on a Human Cell

By: Jordan M - Published: Jan 22, 2011 • References: newscientist and theinternettoday.net
The first real-time clip of a malaria parasite invading a human blood cell has been unveiled by scientist Jake Baum and his team from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.

The video was made using "transmission electron microscopy" and "3D immuno-fluorescence microscopy" to collect still images during the invasion. The resulting images were then combined into a movie which details the 30-second attack in a revolutionary way. The clip offers an unparalleled insight into how Malaria parasites invade human red blood cells and will hopefully yield valuable data for scientists to use in the battle against the deadly epidemic.