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April 10, 2014

The Amoeba That Eats Human Intestines, Cell By Cell

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sciencehabit (1205606) writes "Entamoeba histolytica is a tiny pathogen that takes a terrible toll. The single-celled parasitemdash;an amoeba about a tenth the size of a dust mitemdash;infects 50 million people worldwide and kills as many as 100,000 each year. Now, a new report reveals how the microbe does its deadly damage: by eating cells alive, piece by piece. The finding offers a potential target for new drugs to treat E. histolytica infections, and it transforms researchers' understanding of how the parasite works."pdiv class="share_submission" style="position:relative;" a class="slashpop" href="http://twitter.com/home?status=The+Amoeba+That+Eats+Human+Intestines%2C+Cell+By+Cell%3A+http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F1k694h5"img src="http://a.fsdn.com/sd/twitter_icon_large.png"/a a class="slashpop" href="http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fscience.slashdot.org%2Fstory%2F14%2F04%2F09%2F2310244%2Fthe-amoeba-that-eats-human-intestines-cell-by-cell%3Futm_source%3Dslashdot%26utm_medium%3Dfacebook"img src="http://a.fsdn.com/sd/facebook_icon_large.png"/a a class="nobg" href="http://plus.google.com/share?url=http://science.slashdot.org/story/14/04/09/2310244/the-amoeba-that-eats-human-intestines-cell-by-cell?utm_source=slashdotamp;utm_medium=googleplus" onclick="javascript:window.open(this.href,'', 'menubar=no,toolbar=no,resizable=yes,scrollbars=yes,height=600,width=600');return false;"img src="http://www.gstatic.com/images/icons/gplus-16.png" alt="Share on Google+"//a /div/ppa href="http://science.slashdot.org/story/14/04/09/2310244/the-amoeba-that-eats-human-intestines-cell-by-cell?utm_source=rss1.0moreanonamp;utm_medium=feed"Read more of this story/a at Slashdot./pimg width='1' height='1' src='http://slashdot.feedsportal.com/c/35028/f/647403/s/39301ab7/sc/14/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/br/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/194479932579/u/49/f/647403/c/35028/s/39301ab7/sc/14/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/194479932579/u/49/f/647403/c/35028/s/39301ab7/sc/14/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/194479932579/u/49/f/647403/c/35028/s/39301ab7/sc/14/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/194479932579/u/49/f/647403/c/35028/s/39301ab7/sc/14/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/194479932579/u/49/f/647403/c/35028/s/39301ab7/sc/14/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/194479932579/u/49/f/647403/c/35028/s/39301ab7/sc/14/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"//abr/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/194479932579/u/49/f/647403/c/35028/s/39301ab7/sc/14/a2.htm"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/194479932579/u/49/f/647403/c/35028/s/39301ab7/sc/14/a2.img" border="0"//aimg width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/194479932579/u/49/f/647403/c/35028/s/39301ab7/sc/14/a2t.img" border="0"/img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Slashdot/slashdotScience/~4/wZwlYEQFFQE" height="1" width="1"/

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