We all live with parasites; on us, in us, with our pets, in our food and water. They outsmart us, , parasites can alter their genes, protein and metabolic profile to adapt to attacks by the immune outpace us, outnumber us and make us sick. And they do it better in the tropics.More than any other creatures system of their host, resist anti-parasitic drugs and chemicals, move from host to host, and survive in hostile environments. Parasites try to live their lives in secret. They get in, reproduce and move on to a new host as fast as they possibly can. Can we keep up? Can we unlock their secrets? Can we control them or at least come to some sort of truce with them?
QTHA researcher Nick Smith is a Tropical Leader and Professor of Molecular Cell Biology at James Cook University. On the 4th May Prof Smith gave a TEDxJCUS talk at JCU Singapore about "Life in the Tropics".
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Link to video http://youtu.be/RQwnQx3LuQo