Amebiasis

The difference between the amoeba and Einstein is that, although both make use of the method of trial and error elimination, the amoeba dislikes erring while Einstein is intrigued by it - Karl Raimund Popper

Amebiasis

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Death by Amoeba, a Nibble at a Time

Entamoeba histolytica is a tiny pathogen that takes a terrible toll. The single-celled parasite—an amoeba about a tenth the size of a dust mite—infects 50 million people worldwide and kills as many as 100,000 each year. Now, a new report reveals how the microbe does its deadly damage: by eating cells alive, piece by piece. The finding offers a potential target for new drugs to treat E. histolytica infections, and it transforms researchers’ understanding of how the parasite works.

“This process of nibbling of cells went unrecognized by everyone in this field, including me, for over a hundred years,” says infectious disease specialist William Petri of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville,…

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