Biology GCSE: Infested with malaria
In this short film Dr Michael Mosley investigates the parasite Plasmodium that carries malaria. This disease kills more than half a million people per year.
He gives a sample of his blood to the National Institute for Medical Research.
They infect his blood with Plasmodium and watch under a microscope as this parasite infects his red blood cells.
When mature, the parasite causes the host’s red blood cells to burst to release more parasites. This dramatic footage is seen.
This often leads to anaemia and death.
Michael Mosley then describes how infected mosquitos have a better sense of smell than unaffected ones.
This short film is from the BBC series, Michael Mosley: Infested! Living with parasites.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS SHORT FILM CONTAINS DISTURBING SCENES AND TEACHER REVIEW IS RECOMMENDED PRIOR TO USE IN CLASS.
Malaria could be studied in more detail as an example of a parasitic form of symbiosis.
Students could piece together a display showing transmission and the life cycle of plasmodium, highlighting the key concepts of transmission, host and vector.
This short film is suitable for teaching biology at KS4/GCSE in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 4/5 in Scotland.