The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given the University of Georgia Research Foundation a $3.4 million grant to help fight a debilitating tropical disease. UGA officials said Tuesday the award will be used to expand research on how to eliminate schistosomiasis, a disease caused by worms and contracted when people come in contact with contaminated water.
A Georgia scientist makes the case for a disease-spreading parasite. "I don't subdivide nature into useful and non-useful animals. For me, everything has to be there," says Lorenza Beati of Georgia Southern University. Researchers hope to prevent disease by studying that bane of summer, the tick.