Malaria Merozoite, illustration

Malaria Merozoite, illustration

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Credit: Carol and Mike Werner/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Illustration of malaria merozoite entering a red blood cell. The malaria parasite spends this part of its life-cycle in red blood cells, the parasite digests haemoglobin to obtain amino acids for protein synthesis. The World Health Organization has estimated that in 2010, there were 219 million documented cases of malaria with as many as 1.2 million deaths. To date no effective vaccine exists for malaria.

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Keywords: art, artwork, blood, blood vessel, circulatory system, disease, erythrocyte, eukaryota, glycophorin, haemoglobin, illustration, infection, malaria, malaria merozoite, malaria plasmodium, merozoite, parasite, plasmodiidae, plasmodium malariae, protist, protozoan, red blood cell

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