BBC News online (Health) – Early step in sleeping sickness cure

BBC News online (Health) – Early step in sleeping sickness cure

News, August 21st 2013

Scientists have taken a tentative step towards creating a cure for the most common form of sleeping sickness.

The gambiense strain of the trypanosoma parasite is resistant to proteins the immune system produces to fight the infection.

Belgian researchers have developed a mutant version of the protein, which early tests show can kill a wide range of trypanosomes including gambiense.

The study was published in the journal Nature.

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