Malaria Parasite Invades Blood Cell On Camera

Submitted by: littlemissqt 6 years ago in Science

The instant a malaria parasite invades a human red blood cell. It"s the first time the event has been recorded on video.
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Male 6,693
Faster than I thought it would be.
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Male 170
all i could think throughout was "die die die"
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Male 1,629
wow, thats a bit concerning
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Male 294
I love new scientist!!
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Female 2,026
ewwwww! it deformed it!
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Female 170
amazing
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Female 120
Plasmodium falciparum FTW
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Male 3,915
:39

i said "OH WHAT THE F*CK?!"
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Male 1,360
would`ve been nice to have some commentary as well as visual cues for us whom don`t understand things on a cellular level.
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Female 404
that`s not very good
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Male 5,413
Then, the red blood cell eats some Chinese food all casual and what not with his cronies in the ear lobe when `BLURGH!` a little alien mini malaria bursts out of the Red blood cells chest.
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Male 21,000
This link has had some of the best comments I`ve read in months. Group pat on the back.
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Female 2,509
Did anyone else see the evil kitty face with glowing eyes at the end?
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Male 705
Now that is cool.
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Female 126
scary! x_x
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Male 552
Needed dramatic music. Much dissapoint.
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Male 552
Damnit, gerry. I gotta get up earlier in the morning to beat you to the good comments.
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Female 162
Pretty damn awesome.
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Male 5,194
"Video unavailable - please try again" for like an hour now.
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Male 886
That was hot!
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Male 2,855
pwned
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Male 40,221


Whoa!!! Science is most excellent!


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Male 537
First time it was recorded in 1956 maybe...
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Male 5,189
More.
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Female 579
i refuse to watch this, the idea of seeing microscopic things shifting around on my screen freaks me out.
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Female 676
What is? Your inability to troll effectively?
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Male 42
And boom goes the dynamite.
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Male 2,419
really? that`s the best quality we can get of that? I could go book time for free with equipment capable of higher resolution than that...
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Male 985
Dammit Malaria! This is why we cant have nice things!
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Female 5,222
kinda scary, thats intense
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Female 8,113
Amazing- was I the only one that wanted to reach it and squash the little bugger?
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Male 2,220
Living, hiding, breed in your liquid body.
Lil` bastards.

Lazy, yep nano bots that could zap the malaria parasite, not munch on anything stupid, not attract the attention of the white cells and not slack off and have a party in the liver would be much better than the current anti-malarials.
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Male 3,076
wow AWESOME!
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Male 10,440
Soon we will have little robots fighting those smaller round things for us.
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Female 95
That... Was actually pretty cool.
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Male 426
woah....
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Male 33
awesome!
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Female 2,674
That was interesting! I had to take anti-malarials for a long time (that sh*t will make you hallucinate. Not kidding)... and I always wondered what it would look like if those little buggers got inside. Thank GOD I never got the `laria, everyone else did though.
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Male 58
we need to call the internet police!!
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Female 1,798
holy freakin` poo...remind me to never get malaria...
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Male 236
oh god that actually scared the crap out of me.
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Male 511
Cellular rape?
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Male 125
I love NewScientist. I go on there everyday.
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Male 251
KekS:
"It`s nice to see how this grainy black and white video of a blood cell gets a higher rating than those two porn trailers posted earlier."

--Just wait until they start filming porn trailers via transmission electron microscopy and 3D immuno-flourescence. The ratings will sky-rocket.

On a more serious note: This is awesome. Wish we were able to get more real-time observations of phenomena like this. Very difficult and costly.
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Male 3,431
GOOD POST!!! How Freaking crazy is that shiz!?
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Male 2,988
love the science posts
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Female 798
That was super creepy!
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Female 1,545
This is amazing!
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Female 1,203
It`s so horrifying what viruses and all these nasty micro-organisms can do >_<
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Female 1,893
now this is good TV!
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Male 931
Thieving little b&*%ard.
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Male 17,511
George Clooney contracts malaria following trip to Sudan - Link
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Male 1,547
@lisalezah
not yet, if the video went on for a couple more seconds, you would have seen the cell explode, giving off more of them. It`s like a zombie, except if you get bitten, a hundred more zombies come out.
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Male 2,033
There are no cells in the bible therefore cells don`t exist. This video is the work of Satan.
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Male 559
"so what`s the reaction when the person has sickle cell anemia?"

Those with SCA are predisposed to NOT contracting malaria. In fact, many biologists now believe that SCA is an evolutionary response to malaria. (Of course, SCA has its own costs, but compared to death via malaria, it`s a win.)
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Male 1,118
Science all up in dis bitch.
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Male 5,094
"Wow, so the cell just dies?"

No, the parasite hijacks the cell, using it to make more parasites while appearing to be just a red blood cell to the body`s immune system.

I did some more research, and there seems to be another reason why sickle-cell carriers are resistant; the parasite can`t digest the mutated haemoglobin.
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Male 540
Wooooooow.
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Male 25,416
Cant deny it, caught in the act!
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Male 965
Damn you, stop raping my blood cells!
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Male 337
The cell was like "Huh?", to "That`s a little odd..." to "WHAT THE drat?! *gurgle*"
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Female 255
Wow, so the cell just dies?
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Male 5,094
"so what`s the reaction when the person has sickle cell anemia?"

About the same, but the blood cell is deformed and weakened and will likely burst shortly after the parasite starts reproducing, killing the offspring.
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Female 4,225
I like how everytime IAB gets a good science link, IAB gets it`s extra dose of brain cells and science lovingness (no offense IAB)
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Male 725
If we stained the cell with a dye, would that prohibit the invasion of the parasite through the cell membrane?
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Male 15,510
Fuuuuuuuuu-
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Male 1,249
"It`s nice to see how this grainy black and white video of a blood cell gets a higher rating than those two porn trailers posted earlier."

Wait, you mean there is hope for society after all?
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Male 34
People who have sickle cell are immune to malaria i think. It`s a trade-off. When you have only one gene for sickle cell rather than two, you don`t have full expression of the sickle cell condition and you`re immune to plasmodium, which is the parasite that results in malaria. It`s why there are more Africans with sickle cell anemia, since it`s a bit advantageous to them.
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Female 61
not that badassy if you can be cured
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Male 301
holy carp...
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Male 770
despite all medical science malaria has been going strong for hundreds of years. that be one big bada$$
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Male 588
It`s nice to see how this grainy black and white video of a blood cell gets a higher rating than those two porn trailers posted earlier.
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Male 2,388
its mutating!
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Female 4,225
whoah O_O

so what`s the reaction when the person has sickle cell anemia?
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Male 2,700
Thats just........scary
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Male 17,511
Malaria kills nearly one million people, and infects 250 million per year.

One in every five (20%) childhood deaths in Africa is due to the effects of malaria. An African child has on average between 1.6 and 5.4 episodes of malaria fever each year. It also causes a large number of miscarriages in pregnant women.
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Male 350
Oh my goodness. That was frightening. I might just faint.
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Male 5,314
get it out
get it out
get it out
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Male 153
Science is sexy
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Female 1,101
This scares the poo out of me!
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Female 1,608
Link: Malaria Parasite Invades Blood Cell On Camera [Rate Link] - The instant a malaria parasite invades a human red blood cell. It`s the first time the event has been recorded on video.
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