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A recent gathering hosted by the university's department of microbiology and immunology and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation resulted in scientists culturing cynomolgi malaria - a relapsing strain of the disease which affects monkeys.
Cynomolgi is very closely related to vivax malaria - the relapsing malaria affecting humans.
No-one has been able to successfully culture vivax malaria, but the breakthrough in culturing cynomolgi malaria potentially opens the door to developing drugs to combat vivax malaria.
Prof Bruce Russell said it could provide clues needed to eventually culture vivax malaria.
That is why the department has been flat out since the conference meeting demand from overseas researchers batches of monkey malaria.
''We are basically exporting monkey malaria parasites around the world, from Dunedin,'' he said.
''I just sent one to California and next year I will be going to Paris to talk about this. This is a big deal in the world of malaria.''
Vivax malaria was a worldwide public health issue which affected millions of people, hence word of Otago's potential advance being of interest to the Gates Foundation, Prof Russell said.
''Once they heard about they wanted to know more ... We had US investors come down, industry, academics and scientific organisations from the United States and Europe, who all came to Dunedin to understand how we can exploit this model.
''Dunedin has given birth to a new focus group, which will use cynomolgi malaria to study vivax.''
While it is called monkey malaria, cynomolgi malaria could and did cross over to humans, so it was doubly important to better understand the disease, Prof Russell said.
How long before some of these parasites "escape"? How long before NZ has malaria? Instead of focusing on natural ways to keep the body healthy with strong healthy immune systems, scientists keep developing more and more strains of diseases. So now NZ is part of the biological warfare system?
I think that's the agenda Annamieke.
That was such a great series! Well worth watching again....
Cheers Martin, I am posting that in the Red Pill Cinema
The Nitemare is just beginning.
Loosley related on the ConTrail
Bill & Melinda Gates care about helping people to the next world.... Ooohhh sooo caring!! Talk about wolves in sheep clothing...
So right Annemieke
My ears pricked up when I heard mention on my old retro valve radio of Otago Uni, viruses,( " alert, alert ! " ) and then my heart sank like a stone when I heard Bill Gates' name mentioned...