Medical Research and Design
You are a microbiologist assigned a research project to design both a new antibiotic (drug) and vaccine for a helminth or fungal infection. YOU CANNOT USE ANY EXPERIMENTAL OR EXISTING DRUGS OR VACCINES; THIS IS A COMPLETELY NEW PROJECT!
YOUR PROJECT MUST INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
A GENERAL OVERVIEW OF THE PATHOGEN including, name of target organism that is unique to pathogen/pathogen (give genus species name) and why you chose it (give overall statistics of infection rates, mortality, geographic location found, who is most likely to get infected), how to prevent infection, overall general signs and symptoms, body systems involved, special features, why is it important to cure this disease and get rid of this pathogen?
FOR THE NEW DRUG DESIGN, you must provide the following information with justification and rationale:
Name of drug, cellular target (what specific structure or pathways does it target), how does it work (explain the molecular mechanism of action), how will it be administered (is it injected or oral), for how long, at what dose, how will you make the public aware of this new drug, how will you get it to the patients that need it, what is the cost, all the while keeping in mind that is must have low toxicity to the patient.
FOR THE NEW VACCINE RESEARCH, you must provide the following information with justification and rationale:
Name of vaccine, against what molecular part of the pathogen will you design your vaccine against, how will it work (explain the molecular mechanism of action), how will it be administered (is it injected or inhaled), how many doses, at what age will the vaccine be administered, how will you make the aware of this new vaccine, how will you get it to the patients that need it, what is the cost, all the while keeping in mind that it must have little or no side effects to the patient. Also include a brief summary of how vaccines work and why they are effective against diseases. Please justify all of your answers.