Tag Archives: Trypanosoma brucei

The skin is a reservoir for African trypanosomes

Human African trypanosomiasis – sleeping sickness – is a potentially fatal disease, which currently affects ~3,500 people in sub-Saharan Africa. The disease is caused by parasites called African trypanosomes and is spread by tsetse flies. Controlling these biting insects, combined … Continue reading

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Late Stage Infection in Sleeping Sickness

At the turn of the 19th century trypanosomes were identified as the causative agent of sleeping sickness, but how they enter the brain was not known until now. Continue reading

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Social parasites

Protozoan parasites cause tremendous human suffering worldwide, but treatment strategies are limited. The recognition of social behaviors by parasitic protozoa could provide new approaches to important diseases. Continue reading

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Phwoar! Caught in the act – trypanosome sex visualised for the first time

Trypanosomes are single-celled parasites that cause sleeping sickness in humans and wasting diseases in livestock. They are transmitted by the tsetse fly and, until now, it was unclear whether they reproduce sexually or asexually, because this stage in their life … Continue reading

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