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Take that, you nasty little parasite

作者:胶蔸    发布时间:2019-03-07 12:17:00    

MALARIA researchers in Germany are confident that they have found a cure for the disease, following successful tests of a drug on infected mice. Hassan Jomaa and his colleagues at Justus Liebig University in Giessen, looked at the genome of the malarial parasite Plasmodium falciparum and deduced that an antibacterial drug called fosmidomycin would also inhibit a key enzyme in the parasite. Mice infected with the rodent equivalent of malaria all recovered within eight days when given the drug (Science, vol 285, p 1573). Because mammals don’t have the enzyme targeted by fosmidomycin, the drug should not harm humans. “We are ready to start a clinical trial,

 

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