Cone snail venom shows potential for treating severe malaria

Current vaccines for malaria have proved less than moderately effective, to treat severe malaria. Even once the parasites have been killed the adhesion of the infected red blood cells due to protein-protein interactions, causes severe problems. It seems that cone snail venom has some unique anti-adherent properties.

Snail venom may provide a novel way to keep the blood cells from adhering to each other. More work is needed. 


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