After ten years of research and testing by the university hospitals in Leiden and Nijmegen, a malaria vaccine seems to be on the horizon. Tests on 19 human subjects in the Netherlands over the past six months seem to indicate a breakthrough. They were injected with genetically weakened malaria parasites and none of them got malaria, NOS reports.
According to infectiologist Meta Roestenberg of the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), this was a very special experiment. “Worldwide there has never been an experiment where malaria parasites were genetically weakened, put in an syringe and then used to vaccinate people”, the researcher said to NOS. 
“Genetic modifying has been happening for decades, but not with parasites. We are the first to do so in Europe”, Robert Sauerwein, physician and microbiologist at Radboud UMC in Nijmegen added. “In the US it has been tried, but then it went wrong. Test subjects got malaria then.”
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