[Noisebridge-discuss] Stopping anti-drug resistant bacteria w/ data published for open access public domain use. Fwd: Please forward this info on. . .
louis.huang at aegia.nu
Sun Jun 30 19:42:26 UTC 2013
Louis T. Huang
louis.huang at aegia.nu
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Subject: Please forward this info on. . .
Date: 2013-06-29 16:03
From: Craig Rouskey <craigrouskey at gmail.com>
To: Ami Ulrich <ami2515 at yahoo.com>,
gonorrhea-eradication-team at googlegroups.com, Marc Juul
<marcjc at gmail.com>, Jenny Ryan <tunabananas at gmail.com>
Reply-To: gonorrhea-eradication-team at googlegroups.com
Hello! For those of you who don't know, my name is Craig. My fellow
citizen scientists in the Bay Area and I are launching our project aimed
at monitoring and ERADICATING ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANT GONORRHEA USING PHAGE
We need your support! We are nearly ready to begin our screening
program and are bootstrapping the project as we speak! Please read the
following information and let us know how you would like to help. If you
are able to contribute funds (i.e. support our laboratory rental fees,
help us purchase equipment, reagents or supplies, or support the
screening of individual patients, please contribute through our online
WePay campaign. If you would like to contribute by lending your time,
talent, or expertise, please feel free to reply to this e-mail!
campaign: http://www.wepay.com/donations/gonorrhea-eradication-team 
Project Site: http://www.sudoroom.org/wiki/Phage_therapy 
We are a volunteer group of experienced citizen scientists working to
foster healthy communities through innovative medical research. Our team
includes PhD and Masters-level microbiologists, immunologists and
cellular biologists. Together, we are taking on our first major project:
the eradication of antibiotic resistant gonorrhea! We would like to work
with you to: (1) Implement an on-the-street Gonorrhea screening program;
(2) Provide a consistent feed of data that is open to the public
(open-access); and (3) develop novel, phage therapies for the treatment
of antibiotic resistant Gonorrhea.
WHY ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANT GONORRHEA?
Since the 1970s, the bacterial pathogen Neisseria gonorrhoeae
(Gonorrhea) has been developing resistance to 3rd generation
antibiotics. These antibiotics are the last line of defense against
gonorrheal infection. Antibiotic resistant Gonorrhea is therefore a
growing public health concern. In the United States, this concern is
exacerbated by the fact that primary treatments for gonorrheal
infections are solely antibiotic-based. It is crucial to continuously
monitor antibiotic resistant Gonorrhea while researching and developing
new, non-antibiotic treatment regimens.
SCREENING AND PHAGE THERAPY
Patients who participate in free Gonorrhea screenings will have their
private results within 24 hours. The results will be available online
through our data reporting system. Patients will enter in their Patient
ID and self-generated passphrase to obtain their status.
From this private, anonymous, and secure data, we will openly and
freely publish results detailing the incidence and prevalence of the
emerging antibiotic resistant strains of gonorrhea. Upon receiving
results, patients will be counselled as to how to seek treatment.
Positive results will be reported (anonymously) to the Center for
Disease Control and positive samples will be grown in our laboratory.
From these samples we will harvest and characterize the viruses that
infect Gonorrhea. Bacterial viruses (bacteriophages or phages: viruses
that infect only bacteria) are present in all species of bacteria and
when active, have the potential to kill or 'shut down' their bacterial
host. Infecting Gonorrhea with its own bacteriophage causes the bacteria
to die. While gonorrhea is fighting its phage infection, your body will
have time to generate a natural immune response to your gonorrhea
infection. Bacteriophage therapy is already being used for other
infectious diseases including tuberculosis and with your commitment, we
can make this new gonorrhea treatment a reality!
There are many ways to participate in this project! By contributing
funds you can either support our lab rental, fund our equipment and
reagent purchases, or fund our screening program. You can also
participate by coming to our weekly meetings and lending your scientific
brain to the project.
Here's to making the world healthier!
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