What is Leishmaniasis?
How is Leishmaniasis currently controlled?
How is Leishmaniasis transmitted?
What are the symptoms of Leishmaniasis?
What treatments exist for Leishmaniasis?
How many people are affected by Leishmania?
Are any animals involved in Leishmania transmission?
Does Leishmaniasis kill?
What areas of the world are affected by Leishmaniasis?
Is there a vaccine for Leishmaniasis?
What is the life cycle for the Leishmania parasite?
What does the screensaver look like for Drug Search for Leishmaniasis?
Here is a video capture of the Drug Search for Leishmaniasis graphics:
Screen saver/Graphics: Where may I download pictures of the Drug Search for Leishmaniasis graphics?
Screen saver/Graphics: What does the screen saver show?
Screen saver/Graphics: What does the PECET logo represent?
PECET is the logo for "Program for the Study and Control of Tropical Diseases" at the University of Antioquia, in Medellín, Colombia
Screen Saver/Graphics: What does the Progress Bar represent?
Screen saver/Graphics: What do the balls represent?
How is my computing time helping fight Leishmaniasis?
There are many approaches that can help combat not only Leishmaniasis, but many infectious diseases, whose genome is sequenced and proteins annotated. Using computational methods or bioinformatics, it is possible to predict or identify molecules that are essential to the survival of these organisms, so they can be then evaluated as drug targets or vaccines. Furthermore, it is also possible to identify whether a drug could interact and inhibit an essential protein of the parasite, in order to kill it or to stop its multiplication. For the design of new drugs, it is very useful to identify molecular targets in microorganisms, and then based on these targets, to design new drugs or evaluate some previously synthesized and used for other purposes. The availability of complete genomes of several Leishmania species, one from the Americas (L. braziliensis) and two from other parts of the world (L. major and L. infantum) (GeneDB) will facilitate prediction of critical or important gene products, such as those involved in pathways or metabolic essential processes for the parasite Leishmania.