HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
A researcher identifies the parasites responsible for Chagas and Leishmaniasis epidemics

Parasites must be correctly identified before the correct treatment is introduced. To do so, we need a fast and cheap technique that enables us to obtain the necessary results in our studies, especially in under developed countries where there are no proper infrastructures.

The Department of Parasitology of University of Granada, and the researcher Isabel Rodrguez Gonzlez have submitted a thesis that analyses for the first time new isolated parasites: Leishmania and Trypanosoma in Peru, Mexico and Spain. These parasites are responsible for diseases such as Chagas which affects at least 18 million people in South America and Leishmaniasis which affects around 12 million people throughout the world. The World Health Organization has recognised these diseases as a public health problem.

This study has compared these parasites with reference strains, by using biochemical and molecular techniques. Thanks to these techniques, the researcher was able to identify which groups these isolated parasites belong to.

No medical treatment

The researcher pointed out: There is no specific treatment yet. Medicines that are used may have serious consequences. Their efficiency varies, because they are long and expensive treatments often associated with toxic effects. Some species of these parasites need no treatment, others do.

If we want to find a specific treatment, the first step we have to take is to correctly identify these species. This is also of epidemiological value to understand parasite distribution, and is aimed at discovering specific control measures.

Another important feature of the study is the usefulness of one of the techniques used: PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction). It is a relatively simple technique, cheap in comparison with others. PCR makes it possible to identify the isolated parasites in field studies.


'"/>

Contact: Isabel Rodrguez Gonzlez
isabelrg@fundacionhvn.org
34-627-436-179
Universidad de Granada
4-Jun-2007


Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. Innovative tagging technique may help researchers better protect fish stocks
2. Penn researchers discover how key protein stops inflammation
3. ASU researchers partner with UOP to make biofuel for military jets a reality
4. Einstein researchers prototype vaccine could provide improved protection against tuberculosis
5. Penn researchers discover pathway that eliminates genetic defects in red blood cells
6. U-M researchers find family of on switches that cause prostate cancer
7. 2007 EURYI: 20 young researchers to receive Nobel Prize-sized awards for breakthrough ideas
8. Pets could be source of multiresistant bacteria infections in humans, MU researchers investigate
9. MGH researchers confirm that bone marrow restores fertility in female mice
10. Smithsonians National Zoo researchers use electronic eggs to help save threatened species
11. U-M researchers identify gene involved in breast cancer

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:2/12/2019)... POWAY, Calif. (PRWEB) , ... February 12, 2019 , ... ... three years old, she partially tore one of her cruciate ligaments. Just one ... mellow dog by nature, was able to recover without surgical intervention and resumed her ...
(Date:2/6/2019)... ... February 04, 2019 , ... uBiome, the ... provides insights to help individuals understand how the gut microbes may increase the ... After individuals eat foods that contain choline and L-carnitine, such as red meat ...
(Date:2/2/2019)... , ... January 31, 2019 ... ... research organization headquartered in Morrisville, NC, providing full, customizable clinical research services ... Inc. to support educational programs for early stage life science entrepreneurs in ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:1/24/2019)... ... , ... Outsourcing trials to contract research organizations (CRO) can ... creation and management generally requires manual effort. Additionally, each vendor organizes tasks and ... can ultimately lead to study start delays and change orders because tasks were ...
(Date:1/20/2019)... ... January 16, 2019 , ... On January 15 of this year, the ... Asymmetrex director James L. Sherley, M.D., Ph.D. The PGCB was founded ... PGCB and CellTrials.org. Now in its 21st year of operation, the PGCB continues ...
(Date:1/20/2019)... ... January 17, 2019 , ... Today, ... the launch of a specialized automation technology, titled Automate 3D. Automate 3D, produced ... of models and drawings to deliver to end-users, customers, and ERP systems. ...
(Date:1/15/2019)... ... 15, 2019 , ... With the U.S. Congress designating January as Cervical Health Awareness Month ... today announces tips to help reduce the risk of Cervical Cancer. , Cervical cancer ... is the #1 most common STD and an STI that almost half of ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: