• New Strains of Parasites are Identified
    About 600 million people around the world live with whipworms. Most are children in the developing world, whose physical and mental development is stunted by these gastrointestinal parasites. The whipworms affect their ability to learn and therefore have a long-term impact ...More
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  • Scientists Discover Unanticipated Consequences of Some Disease Remedies
    Parasitic worms, which infect millions of people and other animals around the world, influence how the immune system responds to diseases like HIV and tuberculosis. In a new study of African buffalo, University of Georgia (UGA) ecologist Vanessa Ezenwa has found that ...More
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  • Nanotechnology is Used Against Malaria Parasites
    Malaria parasites invade human red blood cells, they then disrupt them and infect others. Researchers at the University of Basel and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute have now developed so-called nanomimics of host cell membranes that trick the parasites. This ...More
    December 9, 2014 Posted in News
  • Malaria Researchers Use New Genomic Tools to Individualize Parasite Analysis
    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded Texas Biomedical Research Institute staff scientist Ian Cheeseman, PhD, more than $450,000 in first-year funding and is expected to receive up to $1.8 million over four years to continue research into a new method for ...More
    December 9, 2014 Posted in News
  • Promising Compound Rapidly Eliminates Malaria Parasite
    An international research collaborative has determined that a promising anti-malarial compound tricks the immune system to rapidly destroy red blood cells infected with the malaria parasite but leave healthy cells unharmed. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists ...More
    December 5, 2014 Posted in News
  • Epidemiological Study Investigates Parasite-Schizophrenia Connection
    Many factors, both genetic and environmental, have been blamed for increasing the risk of a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Some, such as a family history of schizophrenia, are widely accepted. Others, such as infection with Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite transmitted by soil, ...More
    October 29, 2014 Posted in News
  • GW Researcher Adapting Breakthrough Technologies to Combat Parasitic Worm Infections
    Recent breakthroughs may pave the way for vaccines and new drugs for those infected by parasitic helminths. These flatworms, including tapeworms that cause hydatid diseases and neurocysticercosis, liver flukes, and blood flukes (schistosomes), infect more than 300 million ...More
    October 27, 2014 Posted in News
  • Swiss Scientists Explain the Evolution of Extreme Parasites
    Extreme adaptations of species often cause such significant changes that their evolutionary history is difficult to reconstruct. Zoologists at the University of Basel in Switzerland have now discovered a new parasite species that represents the missing link between fungi ...More
    October 14, 2014 Posted in News
  • New Insights Into the Survival and Transmission Strategy of Malaria Parasites
    HP1 proteins are found in most eukaryotic organisms and are important regulators of gene silencing. In short, HP1 induces heritable condensation of chromosomal regions. As a result genes located within these regions are not expressed. Importantly, since this conformation is ...More
    August 14, 2014 Posted in News
  • Intestinal Parasites are 'Old Friends,' Scientist Argues
    Intestinal parasites such as tapeworms, hookworms and a protist called Blastocystis can be beneficial to human health, according to a new paper that argues we should rethink our views of organisms that live off the human body. To prove the point, paper co-author Julius ...More
    July 23, 2014 Posted in News