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Which Blood Type is in More Vulnerable to Malaria

Which Blood Type is in More Vulnerable to Malaria?

Malaria is a horrific disease caused by Plasmodium falciparum which enters the blood stream through an Anopheles mosquito bite, and applies its damage by making red blood cells stick to each other and to the walls of blood vessels. P. falciparum erythrocyte membrane protein 1 (PfEMP1) which causes the RBCs to clump and obstruct blood flow could be removed using certain enzymes. However, the clumps reduced in some blood types while stayed in others. For instance, blood O group had decreased formation of blood clumps called rosettes while blood A group was unaffected much. This lead the researchers studying this phenomenon to look for something other than PfEMP1 that lead to the clumping of group A blood cells. Studies demonstrated …

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