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New tool in the fight against tropical diseases

New tool in the fight against tropical diseases

Image credit: Harry J. Moss

Steve Oliver's group, working with Mark Carrington and colleagues elsewhere, have developed a novel tool that exploits baker’s yeast to expedite the development of new drugs to fight multiple tropical diseases, including malaria, schistosomiasis, and African sleeping sickness. The unique screening method uses yeasts which have been genetically engineered to express parasite and human proteins to identify chemical compounds that target disease-causing parasites but do not affect their human hosts. Read the full story on the University news web site.