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Kidney Disease Is Parasite-Slaying Protein's Downside

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Science  16 Jul 2010:
Vol. 329, Issue 5989, pp. 263
DOI: 10.1126/science.329.5989.263

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Kidney disease could be the price of resistance to a virulent parasite. Researchers describe two Jekyll-and-Hyde genetic variations online in Science this week that can lead to kidney shutdown but may also fend off a microorganism that causes sleeping sickness in thousands of people in Africa.