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Subspecialties Microbiology and immunology

Number One Mystery

Sleeping sickness, also known as African trypanosomiasis, is a parasitic disease perpetuated by Trypanosoma brucei, and mainly affects sub-Saharan Africa – resulting in approximately 9,000 deaths a year. Researchers from Trinity College Dublin have found a new potential tool for early diagnosis – or even treatment – of the disease by solving an old riddle: why do camels infected with T. brucei excrete pungent redbrown urine? (1).

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James Strachan

Over the course of my Biomedical Sciences degree it dawned on me that my goal of becoming a scientist didn’t quite mesh with my lack of affinity for lab work. Thinking on my decision to pursue biology rather than English at age 15 – despite an aptitude for the latter – I realized that science writing was a way to combine what I loved with what I was good at.
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