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"Outlaw" Organism Turns Informant -- African Trypanosome Source Of Scientific Insight

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November 29, 2002
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The African trypanosome, a blood parasite that causes African sleeping sickness, is like a fugitive that changes its "coat" each time the human immune system is about to nab it. Woven of 10 million copies of a single sugar-coated molecule called a glycoprotein, the trypanosome's surface changes every few days by virtue of a switch that activates a new gene.

In a critical scene in the film remake of the classic 1960s TV series "The Fugitive," actor Harrison Ford sheds his coat and replaces it with another. This simple deception allows him to escape detection by the swarm of police officers trailing him.


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The Rockefeller University. (2002, November 29). "Outlaw" Organism Turns Informant -- African Trypanosome Source Of Scientific Insight. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 21, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/11/021126204926.htm
The Rockefeller University. ""Outlaw" Organism Turns Informant -- African Trypanosome Source Of Scientific Insight." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/11/021126204926.htm (accessed April 21, 2014).

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