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Insight into the neglected tropical disease sleeping sickness
Researchers have shed light on how the parasite which causes sleeping sickness multiples inside its host. (2019-12-12)
How sand fly mating habits are helping tackle tropical disease in £2.5 million project
The tropical disease Leishmaniasis is being tackled by catching female sand flies who carry the parasite that causes the disease in both dogs and humans. (2019-12-05)
1940s blood samples reveal historical spread of malaria
DNA from 75-year old eradicated European malaria parasites uncovers the historical spread of one of the two most common forms of the disease, Plasmodium vivax, from Europe to the Americas during the colonial period, finds a new study co-led by UCL published in Molecular Biology and Evolution. (2019-12-02)
Evidence found in European birds of the transmission of tropical malaria
Scientists have found, for the first time, house sparrow in Spain to be a host for a parasite from Africa, Plasmodium PAGRI02, which had not been previously described outside that continent. (2019-11-28)
New high-resolution images show how malaria parasites evade frontline drugs
The first-ever detailed images of a malaria protein, a known key modulator of drug resistance, show how the parasite evades antimalarials -- and may help scientists find ways to restore the drugs' potency. (2019-11-27)
Discovery paves the way for blocking malaria transmission in Brazil
Research that will be presented today at FAPESP Week France suggests that bacteria present in the intestine of the Anhopheles darlingi mosquito influence the development of the parasite that causes the disease in the insect's body and the chances of transmission to humans. (2019-11-22)
Genetic studies reveal how rat lungworm evolves
Rat lungworm is a parasitic disease, spread through contaminated food, which affects the brain and spinal cord. (2019-11-21)
Machine learning microscope adapts lighting to improve diagnosis
Engineers at Duke University have developed a microscope that adapts its lighting angles, colors and patterns while teaching itself the optimal settings needed to complete a given diagnostic task. (2019-11-20)
Scientists and schoolkids find family soups have antimalarial properties
London schoolchildren have found that some of their families' soup recipes have antimalarial properties, with the help of Imperial scientists. (2019-11-18)
Sociable crows are healthier -- new research
A new study has found that crows living in large social groups are healthier than crows that have fewer social interactions. (2019-11-14)
Breakthrough in malaria research
An international scientific consortium led by the cell biologists Volker Heussler from the University of Bern and Oliver Billker from the Umeå University in Sweden has for the first time systematically investigated the genome of the malaria parasite Plasmodium throughout its life cycle in a large-scale experiment. (2019-11-14)
Research reveals how malaria parasite plans ahead, preparing blueprint to strike in humans
Within seconds after an infected mosquito bites, the malaria parasite navigates the host skin and blood vessels to invade the liver, where it will stay embedded until thousands of infected cells launch malaria's deadly blood-stage infection. (2019-10-31)
Malaria parasite lives on the edge
The parasite that causes malaria expresses genes that code for the proteins it will need in later life stages, but uses two separate schemes to prevent these proteins from actually being made until they are needed. (2019-10-31)
Crab disease poses threat to shellfish stocks
Shore crabs carry parasites that pose a major threat to shellfish stocks. (2019-10-30)
Scientists discovered mechanisms that protect tapeworms from being digested by their host
A team of scientists from Tyumen together with colleagues found and described previously unknown tapeworm proteins that suppress the activity of trypsin and efficiently protect the parasites from being digested inside a host's intestinal tract. (2019-10-22)
Immune reaction causes malaria organ damage
Immune cells can be the body's defenders and foes at the same time (2019-10-21)
Aҫaí berry extracts fight malaria in mice
Despite humanity's best efforts to eradicate malaria, the disease struck more than 200 million people in 2017, according to the World Health Organization. (2019-10-16)
Resurrection of 50,000-year-old gene reveals how malaria jumped from gorillas to humans
For the first time, scientists have uncovered the likely series of events that led to the world's deadliest malaria parasite being able to jump from gorillas to humans. (2019-10-15)
Novel compound interrupts malaria parasite's lifecycle
Compound inhibits key enzymes, interrupting the parasite's lifecycle in human organisms and preventing transmission to vector insects. (2019-10-07)
Confronting colony collapse
Researchers from the Ecology and Evolution Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) sequenced the genomes of the two Varroa mite species that parasitize the honey bee. (2019-10-03)
New species of parasite is identified in fatal case of visceral leishmaniasis
Phylogenomic analysis shows that pathogen isolated in Brazilian hospital does not belong to the genus Leishmania. (2019-10-01)
Emerging parasitic disease mimics the symptoms of visceral leishmaniasis in people
A new study suggests that transmission of a protozoan parasite from insects may also cause leishmaniasis-like symptoms in people. (2019-10-01)
How nasty Toxoplasma parasite damages the human eye
An international study used human retinal cells to demonstrate how the Toxoplasma parasite creates a characteristic eye lesion that can help doctors diagnose the infection. (2019-09-29)
How to construct a protein factory
The complexity of molecular structures in the cell is amazing. (2019-09-19)
Age-related decline in immune function takes sheep to the grave earlier
For the sheep of St. Kilda, growing old brings with it a late-life decline in immune resistance against pervasive parasitic worms, which greatly reduces the animal's chances of surviving overwinter, regardless of overall physiological condition. (2019-09-19)
Alzheimer's drug also treats parasitic Chagas disease
The drugs currently used to treat Chagas disease, a neglected tropical disease, have serious side effects and limited use in those with chronic disease. (2019-09-19)
New tool in fight against malaria
Modifying a class of molecules originally developed to treat the skin disease psoriasis could lead to a new malaria drug that is effective against malaria parasites resistant to currently available drugs. (2019-09-18)
Sweet success of parasite survival could also be its downfall
University of York scientists are part of an international team which has discovered how a parasite responsible for spreading a serious tropical disease protects itself from starvation once inside its human host. (2019-09-16)
Parasitology: Mother cells as organelle donors
Microbiologists at LMU and UoG have discovered a recycling process in the eukaryotic parasite Toxoplasma gondii that plays a vital role in the organism's unusual mode of reproduction. (2019-09-13)
Malaria could be felled by an Antarctic sea sponge
The frigid waters of the Antarctic may yield a treatment for a deadly disease that affects populations in some of the hottest places on earth. (2019-09-11)
'Asexual' Chagas parasite found to sexually reproduce
The parasite that causes Chagas disease, which had largely been thought to be asexual, has been shown to reproduce sexually after scientists uncovered clues hidden in its genomic code. (2019-09-10)
Diversity of Plasmodium falciparum across Sub-Saharan Africa
Scientists from the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research joined a network of scientists to publish a study in Science to identify a regional character to Plasmodium falciparum across Africa. (2019-09-05)
Researchers identify biomarker to predict if someone infected with malaria will get sick
Increased p53, the well-known tumor-suppressor protein, can predict whether malaria-infected children will develop fever or other symptoms, suggests a study publishing Sept. (2019-09-03)
Poverty as disease trap
The realities of subsistence living in a region of Senegal hard hit by schistosomiasis make reinfection likely, despite mass drug administration. (2019-09-03)
Immortalized blood cell lines enable new studies of malaria invasion
Researchers at the University of Bristol and Imperial College London have established a new model system that uses red blood cells grown in the laboratory to study how malaria parasites invade red blood cells. (2019-08-29)
Prehistoric puma poo reveals oldest parasite DNA ever recorded
The oldest parasite DNA ever recorded has been found in the ancient, desiccated feces of a puma. (2019-08-27)
How worms snare their hosts
Acanthocephala are parasitic worms that reproduce in the intestines of various animals, including fish. (2019-08-27)
A molecular 'Trojan Horse'
The research group of Nuno Maulide from the Faculty of Chemistry of the University of Vienna has achieved the synthesis of a potential immunosuppressive agent by modification of a naturally occurring compound. (2019-08-27)
Alberta researchers find elusive key to stopping neglected tropical diseases
Researchers at the University of Alberta have found an important protein in the cells of a deadly infectious parasite, opening the door to less harmful treatment for millions of people suffering from diseases like sleeping sickness in Africa and Chagas disease in South America. (2019-08-26)
Evolution designed by parasites
In 'Invisible Designers: Brain Evolution Through the Lens of Parasite Manipulation,' published in the September 2019 issue of The Quarterly Review of Biology, Marco Del Giudice explores an overlooked aspect of the relationship between parasites and their hosts by systematically discussing the ways in which parasitic behavior manipulation may encourage the evolution of mechanisms in the host's nervous and endocrine systems. (2019-08-23)
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