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An ancient remnant inside the malaria parasite

Today at the Society’s Annual Conference, Dr Ellen Nisbet talked about the malaria parasite Plasmodium, and how a remnant from its evolutionary past may one day provide a target for new drugs… Malaria is caused by protozoan parasites of the … Continue reading

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Discovering new lemur parasites in Madagascar

Madagascar is home to many species of wildlife that are found nowhere else on the planet. The island broke off from India about 88 million years ago and its inhabitants have evolved in isolation ever since, giving rise to the … Continue reading

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A mind-altering microbe?

Can a parasite change our behaviour? Might your mood today have been altered by a foreign organism living inside you, hiding from your immune system? Today at the Society for General Microbiology Annual Conference, Professor Joanne Webster, from Imperial College … Continue reading

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The shapeshifting, self-injecting bacterial syringe

Sometimes nature is just a bit weird. Today at the SGM Autumn conference, Dr Stefan Raunser, a structural biologist from the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, told us all about a remarkable new class of bacterial toxin that changes … Continue reading

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