Blood cell infected with malaria parasite

Malaria is caused by the single-celled parasite Plasmodium. It is transmitted from one person to another by certain species of blood sucking mosquito. The parasite spends part of its complex life cycle inside red blood cells.

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Teachers

Micro-organisms can be used to demonstrate principles of biology and to model industrial processes, as well as offering opportunities for teaching across the curriculum.

Microbiology is a popular option for practical work in schools. Micro-organisms are ideal for use in the school laboratory as they are relatively easy to maintain, present minimum risk given good microbiology laboratory practice, are economical to do and can provide data which can be analysed using statistical techniques.

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