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Friday 23, Apr 2010

  Fight against parasitic disease supported by worm hormone

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Fight against parasitic disease supported by worm hormoneHormone-like molecules in tiny worms called nematodes, on a biochemical level, works similarly to the way in which specific hormones work in humans, as per a new research at UT Southwestern Medical Center. It is believed that this finding would one day help in eradicating worm infections that tend to affect a third of world’s population.

A new molecule that activates gene involved in development and reproduction of Caenorhabditis elegans, a common research worm about the size of a pinhead, was discovered by researchers at the UT Southwestern.

The research was funded by HHMI, the Welch Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Jay and Betty Van Andel Foundation, the Department of Defense and the Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in Gerontology.

Wednesday 03, Feb 2010

  Discovery of worm hormone can assist fight against parasitic disease

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Discovery of worm hormone can assist fight against parasitic diseaseHormone-like molecules in tiny worms known as nematodes perform on the same line as specific human hormones - a finding that may one day prove effective for eliminating worm infections afflicting a third of the world’s population.

A molecule was discovered by researchers from the UT Southwestern that is responsible for activating genes involved in the development and reproduction of Caenorhabditis elegans, a common research worm.

This research was funded by HHMI, the Welch Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Jay and Betty Van Andel Foundation, the Department of Defense and the Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in Gerontology.a