Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Malaria kills, but doesn't get into the headlines

Science Daily reports: Recently researchers in Boston and in Portugal have come up with a possible new family of medicines to kill malaria:

In work published online today in the journal PNAS, researchers at the Instituto de Medicina Molecular (IMM), in Lisbon, Portugal, have discovered a new class of highly potent antimalarial compounds. These compounds, referred to as Torins, were originally developed by researchers in the Boston, MA to inhibit a key human protein involved in cell growth, mTOR, and have been shown to be effective anticancer agents in rodent models. In research perdormed by Dr. Kirsten Hanson in the laboratory of Dr. Maria Mota, the IMM team and their collaborators have discovered that Torins are extremely effective multistage antimalarials; Torins appear to have a novel activity against the Plasmodium parasites themselves, distinct from both currently used malaria therapeutics and from their ability to target human mTOR.

but this is the part no one wants to notice:

. An estimated 220 million people are infected each year by malaria-causing Plasmodium parasites, which are transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. This enormous infection burden leads to some 660,000 lives lost to malaria each year, the majority of these young children in sub-Saharan Africa. While a vaccine to prevent malaria remains elusive, we depend on antimalarial compounds both to treat infections and prevent disease.
the good news? Bill Gates is on it.


The bad news? His wife has been busy diverting his money to fund abortion in poorer countries.

and the other bad news: Thanks to Carson and the greenies, DDT was banned, resulting in millions of deaths, to save a few birds.

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