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NCBI ROFL: Want to cure your malaria? Get wasted!

DiscoblogBy ncbi roflAug 8, 2011 6:00 PM
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It’s booze week on NCBI ROFL! All this week we’ll be featuring articles about ethanol, ethyl alcohol, and even CH3CH2OH.Enjoy!

Effect of alcohol on growth of Plasmodium falciparum. “The effect of ethanol on the in vitro growth of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum was investigated. 17 mM (0.08%) and 85 mM (0.39%) ethanol were added to parasite cultures and growth was determined for six days. A significant growth inhibition for both ethanol concentrations was observed on each day. It reached 65% for 85 mM ethanol after six days of incubation. Malarial parasites are strongly inhibited by ethanol concentrations which are attainable by extensive alcohol consumption.”

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