Beating a Parasite At Its Own Game

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Toxoplasmosis and more…

Science Life

Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic disease caused by Toxoplasma gondii, one of the most common parasites in the world. It’s often carried by cats, and people sometimes get it after cleaning out a litter box. But it can also come from eating meat from an animal that was infected. The parasite hitches a ride on our dinner and starts to do its damage inside our bodies before we know it. Treatments for toxoplasmosis can cause nasty side effects, so scientists are still looking to develop a better approach. Now researchers at the University of Chicago Medicine have figured out a way to beat the parasite at its own game by slipping a bit of DNA inside to knock it out before it knows what hit it.

This targeted approach to treating toxoplasmosis shows early promise in test-tube and animal studies, where it prevented the parasites from making selected proteins. When…

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