Killing three diseases with one stone in the lab

05:13 EST 30 Nov 2016 | Novartis

In large swaths of rural Latin America, an insect called the kissing bug spreads a silent killer: Chagas disease. A bug bite can transfer a single-celled organism that takes up residence in several different tissues. People can live with these unwanted guests without obvious symptoms for decades. Meanwhile, the parasites erode the walls of the heart and intestines, which slowly lose function.

Similar unwanted guests cause African sleeping sickness and leishmaniasis, though these diseases have distinct and more immediate symptoms. The three diseases – which collectively affect 20...

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