The challenge of developing drugs for neglected parasitic diseases

Published on October 7, 2014   27 min

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This is James H. McKerrow from the UCSF Center for Drug Discovery. I'm giving a talk on the challenge of developing drugs for neglected parasitic diseases.
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We're going to be talking about parasitic diseases today, so what is a parasite?
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Parasite comes from the Greek word, parasitos. which is the name of a class of priests who had meals at public expense-- this, according to Clitodemus, an ancient writer. And certainly, by this definition, probably all of you have met a parasite in your life.
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But the modern definition of parasite refers to eukaryotic organisms that can range from very simple single-cell protozoa, such as malaria and the trypanosomes, to very complex multicellular worms, including roundwarms, the nematodes, flatworms, the platyhelminths, and cestodes, the tapeworms.
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