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Professor Ian Cockburn (left) and Dr Xin Gao are studying how to harness the body’s natural defences to fight infectious diseases such as malaria, a life-threatening disease spread to humans by some types of mosquitos. Photo: Jack Fox/ANU

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ANU scientists debunk role of ‘junk cells’ in fight against malaria

Researchers from The Australian National University (ANU) have discovered a previously unknown ability of a group of immune system cells, known as Atypical B cells (ABCs), to fight infectious diseases such as malaria.