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Australian scientists say they have filmed an immune cell as it becomes infected by a parasite and followed the infection as it spread throughout the body. Researchers led by Professor Wolfgang Weninger at the Centenary Institute said they used high powered, multi-photon microscopy that allowed real cells to be viewed in real time. Using multi-photon microscopy, we studied dendritic cells in the skin, Weninger said.
British and Scottish scientists say they've come up with a better way to separate parasites from their host cells, allowing detailed studies of their proteins.
Researchers said on Tuesday it was possible that the mysterious decline in North American bee populations could be due to disease spread to wild bees from commercially bred bees used for pollination in agriculture greenhouses.
Children infected by Chagas disease, endemic in 21 countries in Central and South America, will soon have access to a treatment tailored to their needs.
For years biomedical researchers have known that high density lipoproteins, commonly called HDLs or "good cholesterol," are responsible for protecting humans from certain parasites, but couldn't explain how. Now MBL scientists have discovered that human HDLs work this bug-repelling magic by serving as a platform for the assembly and delivery of two naturally occurring proteins that combine to create a super-toxic antimicrobial.
Visceral leishmaniasis, which is the most severe form of that group of diseases, affects 500 000 people in the world each year. It is caused by a protozoan, Leishmania infantum, transmitted by sand fly bites. There is no vaccine for this disease, which can rapidly lead to death if no treatment is given.
An international group of researchers working in more than 20 laboratories around the globe have determined genetic blueprints for the parasites that cause three deadly insect-borne diseases: African sleeping sickness, leishmaniasis and Chagas disease.
A team of international scientists has sequenced the genomes of three species of parasites responsible for causing diseases that kill or cripple millions, primarily in tropical and sub-tropical countries. Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) scientists who participated in the project say the sequencing of the genomes of the parasitic protozoa that cause Chagas disease, African sleeping sickness, and leishmaniasis, could significantly impact world health. Some of the genes discovered may...
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