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Tracking Disease
04 July 2016

Tracking Disease

When you’re sick, there’s nothing you want more than to be well again (unless you’re just angling for a day on the sofa). In fact, this could be seen as the goal of modern medicine – getting people back to normal life and health again following illness or infection. But in the early stages of a disease it’s hard to predict who is more resilient and likely to spring back to wellness and who will have lingering severe symptoms, perhaps needing more powerful treatment to fight the disease or never fully regaining their health. By tracking the presence of immune cells and parasites in humans and mice with malaria as they go through cycles of responding to the disease and recovering, scientists have created these colourful disease ‘maps’. Each one traces how the infection moves through individuals – mice on top, humans along the bottom – revealing crucial differences in recovery between them.

Written by Kat Arney

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