Michaelangelica Posted April 27, 2007 Report Share Posted April 27, 2007 Arguably one of the worst diseases on the planet, in terms of death and human suffering. but we might be able to spray it with "Round Up':) as the parasite seems to be plant-like-bizarre! HERBICIDES AS A TREATMENT FOR MALARIA (Science Show: 21/04/2007)Science Show - 21 April 2007 - Herbicides as a treatment for malaria Listen Now - 21042007 |� Download Audio - 21042007 Malaria is caused by a parasite which is injected into humans by mosquitos. Geoff McFadden is working on a treatment strategy based on the fact that malaria has plant-like features; it has genes similar to chloroplast genes. Malaria started its life hundreds of millions of years ago as a plant, and has since evolved into a parasite. Each chloroplast-like gene is a unique target for attack. Humans don't have these genes. Herbicides are used to kill plants. So Geoff McFadden is looking at common herbicides as a treatment for malaria. The herbicides are then modified into a medicine form. Show Transcript Boerseun 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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