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Sleeping parasite has own internal clock

A team of researchers from iMM Lisboa led by Luísa Figueiredo and in collaboration with Joe Takahashi's group from Southwestern University has shown for the first time that the parasite responsible for sleeping sickness, Trypanosoma brucei, has its own internal clock, which allows it to antecipate daytime alterations of its surrounding environment and become more virulent.

The article, published in Nature Microbiology, reveals that the parasites slightly alter their composition and functions in a highly predictable manner, according to the different hours of the day. One of the consequences of such alterations is that parasites become more sensitive to a certain drug in the evening rather than in the morning.

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