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If anyone is interested. I am currently working on a Masters Thesis dealing with malaria. In this country malaria rarely makes news, and in a capitalist society why would it? No one gets malaria here, it's not economically sensible to discuss the thousands of deaths a year due to malaria in poor countris. It is more interesting to us as a society to have the Christian Children's network begging us for money so that they can go proselitize under the guise of helping poor children. Well, I wish the Christian Children's network would help fund scientific studies to help find a better vaccine for malaria. Do you think they would give me money to fund my research?

Well anyway, here's my research. I am working on characterizing a protien on the malaria merozoite (this is what the parasite is called once it reaches the erythrocyitic or red blood cell stage). All viruses, bacteria, and parasites have binding properties that contribute to virulence. These binding properties are in the form of proteins on the cell walls or cell membranes of various infectious organisms. Characterizing these binding proteins will help in finding cures, therapies or vaccines. The protein I'm characterizing is called EBL-1 (this is only found on the more pathogenic species of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum) or erythrocyte binding ligand-1. This protein, may be a great candidate for a vaccine, because it is believed that this may be one of the proteins that is responsible for recognizing and binding to red blood cells. I will be characterizing it and finding out where it is expressed, and at what affinity it binds to red blood cells. I will also try to find the receptor protein on the red blood cell. I will post the paper I publish once I'm done.

And let me conclude with this: an atheist would rather have a deed done than a prayer said. an atheist would rather have a hospital built than a church...again I forget who said this

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I am interested in your paper once you have completed it. Do you know of any secular organizations that take donations, or (better yet, since I am in a monetary bind, atm) accept volunteer work or "in-kind" contributions for this particular cause? Even if I can't do much on my own, I'm sure I could pass on information somehow.


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SilkyShrew wrote:
I am interested in your paper once you have completed it. Do you know of any secular organizations that take donations, or (better yet, since I am in a monetary bind, atm) accept volunteer work or "in-kind" contributions for this particular cause? Even if I can't do much on my own, I'm sure I could pass on information somehow.

I will find out...and let you know. Malaria unfortunately is rarely discussed in the US due to the fact that it practically does not exist here. so it is never economically important so corporations would rather invest in viagra because there are many rich old men out there who need to get it up. finding better and more definitve cures for malaria is useless cause even if they do find cures the poor bastards in third world countries woudln't be able to afford to buy them...so fuck them...right? that's how the world works I guess...capitalism, where the bottom line is..well money.

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Sounds like very interesting and worthwhile work, Larry. Please do share your resluts with us, as I'm certainly interested.

I have no doubt what you find will not only help combat malaria, but contribute to understanding of disease in general.

The question is, if you use evolutionary science in your work, should creationists be allowed access to the vaccines that are developed? Eye-wink

I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world. - Richard Dawkins

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Yellow_Number_Five wrote:
Sounds like very interesting and worthwhile work, Larry. Please do share your resluts with us, as I'm certainly interested.

I have no doubt what you find will not only help combat malaria, but contribute to understanding of disease in general.

The question is, if you use evolutionary science in your work, should creationists be allowed access to the vaccines that are developed? Eye-wink

I wanted to answer this earlier and totally forgot about it..but as you know, all microbiology and all biology in general uses the tenets of evolution for research. The very foundation of biological research entails evolutionary biology at one level or another. I mean, for example: bacterial resistance to antibiotics.....if you place a (let's call it X) bacteria on a plate...apply antibiotics, some of the bacteria will not die, and if you let it grow, you will soon find out that it has developed a resistance to that antibiotic. Selective pressures, killed off the bacteria that was susceptible to antibiotics but the one that lived, is now not susceptible to antibiotics anymore. This is natural selection at it's finest...

Another, more specific example is Klebsiella pneumoniae, an emerging infectious disease mainly as a nosocomial infection in hospitals. Did you know that this bacteria normally colonizes your nasopharynx and intestinal tract by about 5-30% of the population, however, there are studies whcih show a positive correlation between the lenght of time you stay at a hospital with the amount of people hwo have K. pneuominae; the percentatge increased to 77%. Studies show that the bacteria is very common in hospital environment because it has become anti-biotic resistant and spreads from patient to patient and from doctor to patient much more easily. Again, natural selection.....

If you dont' want to believe in natural selection and evolution, then you should not reap the benefits of medicine, and again, you would die from disease as the rest of us move forward, even though I hate comparing darwinism to social darwinism. because the two are completely different.

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Very good post, thanks a lot.

Very good post, thanks a lot.


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After visiting the rain

After visiting the rain forests in South America, I kind of had a different take on malaria and other tropical disease.

Right now, these diseases act as a defence against humans completely destroying these ecosystems, just about the only defence. So if there is a cure/vaccine for malaria, dengue, etc... and other disease, doesn't this mean the rain forests are in even more jeopardy from human encroachment? You are essentially making the rainforests of the world safe for human habitation, thereby enabling their destruction.

So shouldn't we as atheists support charities and movements toward reducing human population growth before curing diseases that will only lead to more environmental destruction?

 

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EXC wrote:making the

EXC wrote:
making the rainforests of the world safe for human habitation, thereby enabling their destruction

 

Nobody thinks like that. It involves too much thinking.

For instance, you may be a macho man thinking you're doing an honest days work driving a truck.

Your job involves heavy lifting, clever strappings of your load, real man shit, with diesel fumes. Oh yeah! Macho.

But from another perspective; if, say, you work for the Coca Cola Company, all your efforts are directed towards no more noble ends than that of distributing carbonated sugar water to pre-teens. This all boils down to perspective. You are not a hero, you are a villain. You are a part of an evil system; justifying it with your personal and particular brand of vanity. You are a loser. Defending evil is all that you ever did.

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