University of Hyderabad team develops medicine to kill deadly malaria parasite

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A research team at the University of Hyderabad has developed a drug that effectively kills the parasite Plasmodium falciparum that causes malaria. A statement from the University said that polymer-based nanomedicine was developed by a research group led by Pradip Paik, Associate Professor of the Faculty of Engineering and Technology Sciences at the University of Hyderabad here.

Professor Paik said the new formulation was effective in killing Plasmodium falciparum infection in red blood cells and added that the drug could now be used for animal testing. Prof. Paik is currently assigned as Associate Professor of the School of Biomedical Engineering of the Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi.

The World Health Organization estimates that malaria, one of the deadliest scourges of humanity, affects some 212 million people each year and causes 4.29 million deaths per year.