Great News!!

We received this email today from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. This discovery, if it proves out has the potential to save up to a MILLION lives a year. Think about it. A MILLION lives. Yeah, we all want to stop the wars, but in this day and age, saving a million lives a year would dwarf the number of lives saved if all the wars on the planet were brought to a halt. Many many of these MILLION fatalities are children who never get the chance to know what life is all about. What a great thing!!

By the way, if you have visited our Armchair Activist page and learned about BOINC, you could be among those helping to make discoveries like this possible. One of the projects that we help with our BOINC contribution is malariacontrol.net. Don’t wait until tomorrow, start BOINCing a better world today!!

NIH-funded research yields promising malaria drug candidate

A chemical that rid mice of malaria-causing parasites after a single oral dose may eventually become a new malaria drug if further tests in animals and people uphold the promise of early findings. The compound, NITD609, was developed by an international team of researchers including
Elizabeth A. Winzeler, Ph.D., a grantee of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health.

Malaria kills nearly 1 million people each year, and it has been more than a decade since the last entirely new class of anti-malaria drug
began to be widely used. NITD609 appears to target a parasite protein that is not attacked by any existing malaria drug. A single large dose
of NITD609 cured all five malaria-infected mice that received it, while half of six mice receiving a single, smaller dose were cured of
infection. Additional tests in animals are under way and the candidate drug could enter early-stage safety testing in people later this year,
the investigators say.

For more information, see http://www.niaid.nih.gov/news/newsreleases/2010/Pages/malariaDrug.aspx.

For more information about NIAID’s research program on malaria, see http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/malaria/Pages/default.aspx.

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