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  • Researchers Assess Use of Drug-Susceptible Parasites to Fight Drug Resistance
    Researchers at the University of Georgia have developed a model for evaluating a potential new strategy in the fight against drug-resistant diseases. The strategy would take advantage of parasite refugia—host populations that have not been treated with drugs, thereby ...More
    4 days ago Posted in News
  • Study Sheds Light on Why Parasite Makes TB Infections Worse
    Scientists have shown how a parasitic worm infection common in the developing world increases susceptibility to tuberculosis. The study demonstrated that treating the parasite reduces lung damage seen in mice that also are infected with tuberculosis, thereby eliminating the ...More
    2 weeks ago Posted in News
  • CDC Researchers Link Cancer Cells From Parasite to Human Tumors
    Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have discovered cancer cells originating in a common tapeworm may take root in people with weakened immune systems, causing cancer-like tumors. It is the first known case of a person becoming ill from cancer cells ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Discovery Explains How Leishmania Parasite Boosts Its Infection
    A team of international scientists led by Dr. Martin Olivier from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) uncovered an important mechanism behind Leishmania, a deadly parasitic disease transmitted by sandflies that affects over 12 million ...More
    October 22, 2015 Posted in News
  • Scientists Create Immunity to Deadly Parasite by Manipulating Host's Genes
    There are two common approaches to protecting humans from infectious disease: Targeting pathogens and parasites with medicines such as antibiotics, or dealing with the conditions that allow transmission. Exciting new research demonstrates the effectiveness of a third ...More
    September 17, 2015 Posted in News
  • Study Creates Cell Immunity to Parasite That Infects 50 Million
    There are two common approaches to protecting humans from infectious disease: Targeting pathogens and parasites with medicines like antibiotics, or dealing with the conditions that allow transmission. A paper published today in the journal Nature Scientific Reports ...More
    September 8, 2015 Posted in News
  • Antibodies Point to Vulnerability in Disease-Causing Parasites
    By teasing apart the structure of an enzyme vital to the infectious behavior of the parasites that cause toxoplasmosis and malaria, Whitehead Institute scientists have identified a potentially ‘drugable’ target that could prevent parasites from entering and ...More
    August 26, 2015 Posted in News
  • Study Shows Immune Cells in the Skin Remember and Defend Against Parasites
    Just as the brain forms memories of familiar faces, the immune system remembers pathogens it has encountered in the past. T cells with these memories circulate in the blood stream looking for sites of new infection. Recently, however, researchers have shown that memory T ...More
    July 28, 2015 Posted in News
  • Study Identifies New Way to Kill the Malaria Parasite
    Scientists have discovered new ways in which the malaria parasite survives in the blood stream of its victims, a discovery that could pave the way to new treatments for the disease. Researchers at the Medical Research Council (MRC)'s Toxicology Unit based at the University ...More
    July 7, 2015 Posted in News
  • Scientists Track the Viral Parasites Cruising Our Waterways
    Humans aren't the only ones who like to cruise along the waterways, so do viruses. For the first time, a map of fecal viruses traveling our global waterways has been created using modeling methods to aid in assessing water quality worldwide. ...More
    June 16, 2015 Posted in News
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