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Malaria Resistance
oil and acrylic on canvas
40 x 30
Hunter Cole

Malaria Resistance (detail)

Malaria is an infectious disease caused by a parasite, Plasmodium, which infects red blood cells. Several red blood cells are in the painting. Mosquitoes transmit malaria. There are two mosquitoes in the painting. The molecule chloroquine is in the monkey's ear continues on top of his head and onto the face of the pregnant female figure. Chloroquine was an inexpensive treatment for malaria, a great benefit in third world countries where malaria is a problem. Unfortunately the marlaria parasite has become resistant to chloroquine. Two sickle shaped red blood cells are in the lower left of the painting representing the resistance a person has to malaria if they are a carrier of the sickle cell trait. The pregnant female figure represents the danger malaria poses to mother and fetus especially in a woman pregnant for the first time. Carved into the background of the painting (see in detail) are gametocytes, a stage in the life cycle of the malaria parasite. Two livers are in the painting. Part of the life cycle of the malaria parasite occurs in the liver.

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