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PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases Issue Image | Vol. 2(9) September 2008

PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases Issue Image | Vol. 2(9) September 2008

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Double image: schistosomes starve to death in rhesus macaques.

The ovaries of a starved female schistosome from a rhesus macaque (left) and a normal female (right). The infection becomes patent in the macaque and eggs are produced, but the host immune system slowly overwhelms the worms, they cease feeding, and eventually starve to death, suggesting a route to a human therapeutic vaccine (see Wilson et al., doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0000290).

Image Credit: Joanne Marrison, Gary Dillon, and Alan Wilson

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Double image: schistosomes starve to death in rhesus macaques.

The ovaries of a starved female schistosome from a rhesus macaque (left) and a normal female (right). The infection becomes patent in the macaque and eggs are produced, but the host immune system slowly overwhelms the worms, they cease feeding, and eventually starve to death, suggesting a route to a human therapeutic vaccine (see Wilson et al., doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0000290).

Image Credit: Joanne Marrison, Gary Dillon, and Alan Wilson

https://doi.org/10.1371/image.pntd.v02.i09.g001