Malaria parasites talk to each other

Researchers at the University of Melbourne have uncovered the malaria parasite’s ability to communicate with other malaria parasites in the body.

The parasites work in unison and send DNA packages to each other as a form of communication during the blood infection stage.

The communication network is a social behaviour that has evolved to signal when parasites should complete their lifecycle and be transmitted back into the mosquito.

Read more at Walter and Eliza Hall Institute