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Malaria

Sensing when it's time for sex

Malaria parasites switch between developmental stages to facilitate their transmission to the mosquito vector. This switch seems to be initiated by parasite-to-parasite communication through membrane-bound vesicles.

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Figure 1: Release of vesicles from red blood cells.

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Tilley, L., McConville, M. Sensing when it's time for sex. Nature 499, 38–39 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1038/499038a

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