Malaria Parasites’ Biological Clocks Coordinate Cell Destruction
Malaria Parasites’ Biological Clocks Coordinate Cell Destruction
Two studies show that Plasmodium—the genus of protozoans that cause malaria—have an internal sense of time that synchronizes with their host’s circadian rhythms and allows the parasites to collectively attack blood cells.
Malaria Parasites’ Biological Clocks Coordinate Cell Destruction
Malaria Parasites’ Biological Clocks Coordinate Cell Destruction

Two studies show that Plasmodium—the genus of protozoans that cause malaria—have an internal sense of time that synchronizes with their host’s circadian rhythms and allows the parasites to collectively attack blood cells.

Two studies show that Plasmodium—the genus of protozoans that cause malaria—have an internal sense of time that synchronizes with their host’s circadian rhythms and allows the parasites to collectively attack blood cells.

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Early Results Are Positive for Experimental CRISPR Therapies
Early Results Are Positive for Experimental CRISPR Therapies
Jef Akst | Nov 19, 2019
Two clinical trial participants—one with β-thalassemia and one with sickle cell disease—appeared to benefit from the gene-editing treatments with minimal side effects, according to the companies.
Charting Crescents, 1910
Charting Crescents, 1910
Sukanya Charuchandra | Sep 30, 2018
James Herrick, a Chicago doctor, was the first to describe sickled red blood cells in a patient of African descent.
How Red Blood Cells Get Their Dimples
How Red Blood Cells Get Their Dimples
Ashley Yeager | Aug 31, 2018
Myosin proteins tug on the cell membrane, giving an erythrocyte its distinct shape.
Infographic: Red Blood Cell Shape
Infographic: Red Blood Cell Shape
Ashley Yeager | Aug 31, 2018
What happens when myosin inside red blood cells can't do its job?
Image of the Day: Malaria Hologram
Image of the Day: Malaria Hologram
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Nov 5, 2017
Optical engineers have developed a portable field microscope that could aid the diagnosis of diseased cells.
Image of the Day: Bygone Blood Cells
Image of the Day: Bygone Blood Cells
The Scientist Staff | Apr 10, 2017
These fossilized red blood cells (right), found in an ancient, blood-engorged Amblyomma tick (left), likely belonged to primates.
Antimalarial Drug Mechanism Explained
Antimalarial Drug Mechanism Explained
Karen Zusi | Dec 29, 2015
Artemisinin targets multiple parasite proteins after being activated by the iron in heme cofactors.
Blood Cell Development Reimagined
Blood Cell Development Reimagined
Bob Grant | Nov 9, 2015
A new study is rewriting 50 years of biological dogma by suggesting that mature blood cells develop much more rapidly from stem cells than previously thought.
Soft Tissue Detected in Millennia-Old Dino Bones
Soft Tissue Detected in Millennia-Old Dino Bones
Bob Grant | Jun 9, 2015
Researchers report finding evidence of red blood cells and proteins in 75-million-year-old dinosaur fossils.