oa CSIR Science Scope - Unravelling the secrets of organisms causing disease : systems biologist
According to the latest estimates by the World Health Organisation, about 219 million malaria cases were reported in 2010. Ninety percent of the estimated 660 000 deaths occurred in Africa, mostly among children. Internationally, researchers like the CSIR's Dr Dalu Mancama are doing cutting-edge research in a continuous effort to stay one step ahead of the Plasmodium parasites, which have managed to outsmart medicine by developing resistance to existing treatment.
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