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Photo File: supplied photo released August 14, 2008 of an entry in the New Scientist Eureka Prize for Science Photography by Steven Morton. Mr Morton is a scientific photographer with Monash University’s School of Physics. His photograph appears to be large eruptions in a sea of red lava. It is, in fact, a microscopic malaria-infected human red blood cell. (AAP Image/Australian Museum, Steven Mort

Photo File: supplied photo released August 14, 2008 of an entry in the New Scientist Eureka Prize for Science Photography by Steven Morton. Mr Morton is a scientific photographer with Monash University’s School of Physics. His photograph appears to be large eruptions in a sea of red lava. It is, in fact, a microscopic malaria-infected human red blood cell. (AAP Image/Australian Museum, Steven Mort

FED: Molecule could beat drug-resistant malaria

Sunday, June 20, 2021.

Australian scientists have found a new type of molecule that could beat drug-resistant strains of malaria.

Researchers at Monash University were investigating antimalarial compounds in 2018 when they stumbled on one molecule not like the others.

"We were working on trying to make inhibitors against malaria proteins when we found this by-product. It wasn't very active but it appeared to work differently," Dr Shane Devine from Monash told AAP.

They decided to develop more than 100 versions of the new compounds, called "2-aminobenzimidazoles", and tested them against drug-resistant strains of the malaria parasite.

The most effective appeared to be "very potent" where other drugs had failed because they used an entirely new way to attack the parasite while not being toxic to human cells.


Source: AAP Newswire