NCBI ROFL: Want to cure your malaria? Get wasted!

By ncbi rofl | August 8, 2011 7:00 pm

It’s booze week on NCBI ROFL! All this week we’ll be featuring articles about ethanol, ethyl alcohol, and even CH3CH2OH. Enjoy!

Effect of alcohol on growth of Plasmodium falciparum.

“The effect of ethanol on the in vitro growth of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum was investigated. 17 mM (0.08%) and 85 mM (0.39%) ethanol were added to parasite cultures and growth was determined for six days. A significant growth inhibition for both ethanol concentrations was observed on each day. It reached 65% for 85 mM ethanol after six days of incubation. Malarial parasites are strongly inhibited by ethanol concentrations which are attainable by extensive alcohol consumption.”

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  • Thomas

    And all this time I thought it was the quinine in those gin and tonics that was “medicinal”.

  • Paul

    Heh. I wonder if there are similar effects on other pathogens.

  • r0blar

    Having 0,39% of alcohol in blood each day for 6 days must be a kind of a treatment.

  • Robert Ando

    Shouldn’t be too hard to maintain a BAC of .39% . That would make your blood .78 proof or BAC of .0039, if my calculations are correct. We have to use the % because 85 mMl does not express concentration, only total amount.

  • Robert Ando

    Add to that the old British remedy of gin & tonic easing malarial symptoms !

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