MALARIA VACCINE DEVELOPED BY AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR
A new malaria vaccine is developed by an Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (ABU) professor from the department of Biochemical Parasitology. He added that the vaccine will soon be in use in Nigeria.
Prof. Nasiru Shua’ibu said the new malaria vaccine is different from other malaria vaccines currently in use. The research is carried out by him in the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Japan, where he is currently working.
“In a simple term that a layman can understand, the content of this malaria vaccine research is difficult, but let me try if I could simplify it, it is called DNA Vaccine.
“It is a new technology for discovery and delivery of vaccine against any infectious disease that was developed in the early to mid 1990s.
“The DNA of the malaria parasite was extracted and the portion of the DNA that is tested to be a good vaccine candidate is subjected to molecular biology methods which are used to produce a lot of the DNA,” Shu’aibu said.
“Then a method of cloning is now used to insert the DNA into a vehicle that will carry the DNA into either animal or human body.
“It is then injected into the body of the animal or human and it eventually enters the cells of the animal in the same way a virus enters and infects cells.
“The injected DNA now uses the cells in the body to produce chemicals that will prevent malaria from infecting the body,” Shu’aibu said.