Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New Scientist TV

Best videos of 2011: Malaria invades blood cell 

Caitlin Stier, video intern

Caught in the act, malaria invades a blood cell in our top video of 2011.
This malaria parasite just got busted for breaking and entering. Captured in high resolution for the first time, the parasite drills into a red blood cell using a protein to latch on.
Captured by Jake Baum at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, Australia and his team, the fleeting moment was pinned down using two drugs to control the timing.
For more about the cellular invasion, read the original story: Malaria caught on camera breaking and entering cell.
If you enjoyed this video, watch a blood meal trigger mosquito death. 


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