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Discovering malaria in a drop of spit

Danish researchers have discovered how to detect malaria through a single drop of saliva or blood. The method could make expensive equipment, clean water, electricity and specially trained staff superfluous to the detection of the disease.

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At Aarhus University researchers have discovered a method for diagnose malaria. Unlike current test, the diagnosis can be made using a drop of spit or blood, the University writes on its website.

The highly sensitive test measures the activity of the enzyme topoisomerase 1 from the parasite. According to the university the new method is both cheaper and faster than current tests, and it can be performed by people with no special training and without expensive equipment, clean water and electricity.

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