Gametocytes: a cell capable of dividing to produce gametes (Biology Online)
The more I read about the malaria parasite, the more impressed I become at how advanced it is. It is incredible that something as tiny as a parasite can have the ability to control the behavior of a mosquito. It is no wonder that it has been such an uphill battle to control the spread of malaria. It gives me hope that scientists are making so many discoveries about this parasite that kills over one million people per year. Once researchers discover what plasmodium does to attract mosquitoes to humans, they could formulate a way to interfere with that manipulation and hinder the spread of the disease. However, malaria has proven to be a master of adaptation and even this might not bring about an end to the disease.
"Gametocytes." Biology Online. 3 Oct. 2005. 26 Mar. 2009.
Zimmer, Carl. "Manipulative Malaria Parasite Makes You More Attractive (To Mosquitoes)." New York Times 9 Aug. 2005. 26 Mar. 2009