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Daraprim Discounts Offered

By | November 26, 2015

Turing Pharmaceuticals will soon offer discounts to hospitals for its toxoplasmosis-fighting drug, the company announced, but some say the proposed price reductions are not enough.


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Exploring the Inner Universe

By | November 6, 2015

A new American Museum of Natural History exhibit introduces visitors to the microbes within their bodies. 


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Daraprim Alternative

By | October 22, 2015

A specialty pharmaceuticals company announces plans to produce a toxoplasmosis drug containing the same active ingredient as the pill at the center of an ongoing drug-pricing controversy.

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Treating Toxoplasmosis

By | September 25, 2015

While one company hikes the price of an old drug to treat the parasitic infection, academic researchers report that an approved blood pressure medication could be just what the doctor ordered.


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The Ultimate Game of Cat and Mouse

By | September 18, 2013

Toxoplasma gondii seems to cause hard-wired changes in the brains of mice that persist even after the parasite is gone.


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Animal Mind Control

By | January 1, 2012

Examples of parasites that manipulate the behavior of their hosts are not hard to come by, but scientists have only recently begun to understand how they induce such dramatic changes.


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Opinion: Reducing Foodborne Illness

By | August 22, 2011

New testing technologies and improved communication among regulatory agencies are making strides in the fight against foodborne disease.


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Parasite Spurs Rat Sexual Frenzy

By | August 19, 2011

The parasite Toxoplasma gondii furthers its transmission by making rats go wild for the scent of cat urine.


RNA Arms Race

By | August 1, 2010

Mohamed-Ali Hakimi and Robert Ménard RNA Arms Race Do parasites use their own microRNAs to hijack host cell pathways? Red blood cells infected with the Plasmodium falciparum parasite. GARY D. GAUGLER / PHOTO RESEARCHERS, INC. RNA silencing, which fine tunes up to 30% of genome during development,1 also plays a major role in innate antiviral and antibacterial defenses in plants, insects, and animals. But


Litter bug

By | July 1, 2010

By Tia Ghose Litter bug Toxoplasma gondii protozoan, colored transmission electron micrograph (TEM) © Dr. Klaus Boller / Photo Researchers, Inc. When Melissa Miller, a veterinarian at the Department of Fish and Game in Santa Cruz, wrote an International Journal of Parasitology paper describing how a cat parasite that causes brain lesions was reaching Central California’s sea otters in 2002, she also put out a press release. Reporters were intrigue


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