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Even malaria parasites watch their host’s diet

In recent years, there has been a growing appreciation of the role metabolism plays in controlling nearly all aspects of cellular function. Three recent articles explore how host metabolic cues influence different aspects of Plasmodium biology during infection, including parasite growth and sexual differentiation.

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Fig. 1: Influence of diet and serum lysophosphatidylcholine on the Plasmodium life cycle.

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Williamson, K.C., Levine, R.L. & Miller, L.H. Even malaria parasites watch their host’s diet. Nat Microbiol 3, 130–131 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41564-017-0105-3

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