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How sand fly mating habits are helping tackle tropical disease in £2.5M project

December 11, 2019

The tropical disease Leishmaniasis is being tackled by catching female sand flies who carry the parasite that causes…
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Electronic nose to “sniff” dogs for deadly tropical disease

November 15, 2019

Fewer dogs in Brazil may be euthanized unnecessarily after researchers showed that a new test is 95% accurate in identifying the deadly…
Emerging parasitic disease mimics the symptoms of visceral leishmaniasis in people

October 2, 2019

A new study published online in Emerging Infectious Diseases suggests that transmission of a protozoan parasite from insects may…
Keeping parasites from sticking to mosquito guts could block disease transmission

July 31, 2019

A group of microorganisms known as kinetoplastids includes the parasites that cause devastating diseases such as African sleeping…
Once thought to be asexual, single-celled parasites caught in the act

June 18, 2019

Even single-celled organisms desire partners every now and then. Leishmania – single-celled parasites that cause infections of the skin…
Martin Olivier (Principal Investigator) with Alonso da Silva Lira Filho (PhD student) and Caroline Martel (Research assistant) in their laboratory at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre.
Viral communications hacking boosts Leishmania infections

February 13, 2019

New research from McGill University has found that a virus infecting the Leishmania parasite spreads by exploiting a mechanism used…
As ‘Flesh-Eating’ Leishmania Come Closer, a Vaccine Against Them Does, Too

September 14, 2017

Parasites that ulcerate the skin, can disfigure the face, and can fatally mutilate internal organs are creeping closer to the…
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