I guess when you become president, you get the honor of having a newly discovered organism named after you. Introducing Baracktrema Obamai, a newly discovered freshwater parasitic flatworm that is found in Malaysian turtles. The full discovery is published in the Journal of Parasitology. Enjoy!
Congrats to Campbell, Omura, and Youyou Tu on winning the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine!! News story from NYT here!
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William C. Campbell and Satoshi Omura won for developing a new drug, Avermectin. A derivative of that drug, Ivermectin, has nearly eradicated river blindness and radically reduced the incidence of filariasis, which causes the disfiguring swelling of the lymph system in the legs and lower body known as elephantiasis. They shared the $900,000 award with Youyou Tu, who discovered Artemisinin, a drug that has significantly reduced death rates from malaria.
A very cool report published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine out of UCSF provides dazzling images and videos of immune cells in action! More info and abstract here at Pubmed, and links to actual video on Facebook here. Gif credit: CauseScience.
The immune system in action! This 11-second video shows how white blood cells (eosinophils) attack a parasitic worm in 80 mins.
Watch more fascinating videos from Steven Rosen and colleagues [UC San Francisco (UCSF)] in their recent JEM study on the immune response to parasites.
Also, shout out to the nematode C elegans! But for future reference, C elegans are not a parasitic worm in humans. Very cool to see an academic journal spreading cool science images on social media! Way to go JEM!![tweet https://twitter.com/JExpMed/status/477524844159193089]