Diseases Caused By Parasites Have Plagued Humankind For A Millennium

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CUNY Nobel Science Challenge “Diseases caused by parasites have plagued humankind for a millennium and constitute a major global health problem. In particular, parasitic diseases affect the world’s poorest populations and represent a huge barrier to improving human health and wellbeing” Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine is a prize for people who have most certain impacted mankind in allowing use to understand our bodies, cells, and diseases function. Speak of that later of that statement, if one had to name an infection that has plagued mankind malaria would most certainly make the list. Smallpox, polio, and cholera would also make are good answers but unlike those infections malaria kills over one million people every year in over one hundred countries. Youyou Tu had created a novel treatment of Artemisinin combination therapy, which means it is the standard treatment method for malaria and it is used along with other known treatments. It is noted that because of her treatment the death toll of malaria has been cut in half. It is hard to understand the significant of her work without understanding that hardships she had in identifying this new drug and how malaria works. Malaria is caused by a parasite that is transferred by a bite of an infected female Anopheles mosquito. The most deadly form of malaria is known as Plasmodium falciparum because almost all deaths from malaria are caused by strain. In addition to this, falciparum

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