Two separate studies of different malaria parasites conducted by the University of Glasgow and Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute have found that the protein AP2-G is associated with the development of male and female gametocytes, which are known to initiate the transmission stage of malaria. "[T]he discovery of AP2-G now gives us a new starting point to work out how the complex life cycle of malaria parasites is regulated by proteins within the parasite cells. It may even enable us to control parasite development in the laboratory," said Wellcome Trust lead researcher Oliver Billker.

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