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  • Phone-Based Microscopes Work Well in the Field With Minimal Training
    Handheld, mobile phone-based microscopes can be used in developing countries after minimal training of community laboratory technicians to diagnose intestinal parasites quickly and accurately. A first of its kind, community-based study carried out in the Republic of ...More
    June 28, 2016 Posted in News
  • How Do You Kill a Malaria Parasite? Clog It with Cholesterol
    Drexel University scientists have discovered an unusual mechanism for how two new antimalarial drugs operate: They give the parasite’s skin a boost in cholesterol, making it unable to traverse the narrow labyrinths of the human bloodstream. The drugs also seem to ...More
    May 27, 2016 Posted in News
  • Researchers Uncover Essential Interaction Between Malaria Parasites and Liver Cells
    Scientists at the Center for Infectious Disease Research recently uncovered a critical piece in the puzzle of how malaria parasites infect their host. The work, recently published in Science Magazine, reveals the details of how the malaria parasite invades its initial ...More
    November 30, 2015 Posted in News
  • 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
    November 25, 2015 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
    November 16, 2015 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
    November 4, 2015 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
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