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