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15 Dyson Year in Review 2014–2015 Bill Gates Approved Nigel Yarlett, professor and director at Pace's Haskins Laboratories, and his team at the lab were awarded a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant for their work culturing the Cryptosporidium parasite. Yarlett and his team have produced a continuous Cryptosporidium culture that has survived for six months and counting, a feat not previously achieved. Crypto, the disease caused by the parasite, kills 100,000 people annually. To test and develop consistently effective drug therapies, a continuous living culture is needed and this is something that does not currently exist. Things are looking promising. The team has gone on to prove that parasites grown in the artificial culture environment maintain virulence, one of the many unknowns of the experiment, by infecting an immunocompromised mouse line. If the parasites survive the rigors of time and testing, then Yarlett and his team may reverse the course of the disease and improve the lives of those affected by it.

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