ScienceDaily (May 29, 2012) The discovery of a mummified Korean child with relatively preserved organs enabled an Israeli-South Korean scientific team to conduct a genetic analysis on a liver biopsy which revealed a unique hepatitis B virus (HBV) genotype C2 sequence common in Southeast Asia. Additional analysis of the ancient HBV genomes may be used as a model to study the evolution of chronic hepatitis B and help understand the spread of the virus, possibly from Africa to East-Asia. It also may shed further light on the migratory pathway of hepatitis B in the Far East from China and Japan to Korea as well as to other regions in Asia and Australia where it is a major cause of cirrhosis and liver cancer.
ScienceDaily (Apr. 8, 2012) Evidence that the most deadly species of malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum , is becoming resistant to the front line treatment for malaria on the border of Thailand and Myanmar was reported in The Lancet April 5.This increases concern that resistance could now spread to India and then Africa as resistance to other antimalarial drugs has done before. Eliminating malaria might then prove impossible.
ScienceDaily (Nov. 18, 2011) Why do people with a hereditary mutation of the red blood pigment hemoglobin (as is the case with sickle-cell anemia prevalent in Africa) not contract severe malaria?
ScienceDaily (Aug. 3, 2011) A new tick-borne bacterium infecting humans with ehrlichiosis has been discovered in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
ScienceDaily (July 11, 2011) Researchers from Rigshospitalet — Copenhagen University Hospital — and the University of Copenhagen have discovered why malaria parasites are able to hide from the immune defences of expectant mothers, allowing the parasite to attack the placenta. The discovery is an important part of the efforts researchers are making to understand this frequently fatal disease and to develop a vaccine.
Advances in Parasitology, Volume 71 By D. Rollinson, S.I
Medical Parasitology Landes Bioscience | 2009 | ISBN: 1570596956 | 318 pages | PDF | 3,8 MB Infections caused by parasites are still a major global health problem.
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