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Published on Sep 22, 2016
Malaria is transmitted during the blood meal of the Anopheles mosquito, when Plasmodium sporozoites are injected into the skin. In various research projects at the Department for Infectious Diseases at the Heidelberg University Clinic, Prof. Friedrich Frischknecht and his team are studying the motility of the parasites in order to get a better understanding of the malaria disease. Basic research, says Frischknecht, is driven by a general fascination for science; it opens up unexpected paths that may lead to surprising new discoveries. This principle of serendipity has also led Frischknecht and his team to discover a strange collective movement of the parasites.