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The poverty-related neglected diseases: Why basic research matters.

Abstract

Together, malaria and the neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) kill more than 800,000 people annually, while creating long-term disability in millions more. International support for mass drug administration, bed nets, and other preventive measures has resulted in huge public health gains, while support for translational research is leading to the development of some new neglected disease drugs, diagnostics, and vaccines. However, funding for basic science research has not kept up, such that we are missing opportunities to create a more innovative pipeline of control tools for parasitic and related diseases. There is an urgent need to expand basic science approaches for neglected diseases, especially in the areas of systems biology and immunology; ecology, evolution, and mathematical biology; functional and comparative OMICs; gene editing; expanded use of model organisms; and a new single-cell combinatorial indexing RNA sequencing approach. The world's poor deserve access to innovation for neglected diseases. It should be considered a fundamental human right.

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Type
Journal Article
Author
Hotez PJ
Year of Publication
2017
Journal
PLoS biology
Volume
15
Issue
11
Number of Pages
e2004186
Language
eng
ISSN Number
1545-7885
DOI
10.1371/journal.pbio.2004186
Alternate Journal
PLoS Biol.
Publication Language
eng