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Is there any such job for curing diseases?

  1. Jul 14, 2015 #1
    I really want to be a scientist who cures diseases, like Ebola, Alzheimers , and ALS, and have done hours of research and need help to find answers. Which type of scientist cures these kind of diseases? Could there be a job like this in the future if there actually isn't one? Or is there people who cure diseases but do more that just cure diseases? Or Can you just cure diseases since its tough to find cures?.... Please help me...
     
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  3. Jul 14, 2015 #2

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    There is no single scientist whose job title is "Disease Curer" or "Disease Killer". Most research into disease causes and cures is done by teams of scientists of different backgrounds and training, mostly in the medical field, like bacteriologists, virologists, etc.

    You should do a little basic research into the two main types of disease (do you know what they are?) and even specific diseases to get a better understanding of how complex an undertaking this is. The image of one guy or gal, working with a couple of test tubes, wiping out disease, is a myth, unfortunately.
     
  4. Jul 14, 2015 #3
    The primary,constant and secondary,variable diseases and so there's different kinds of scientists that try to cure diseases as a team?
     
  5. Jul 14, 2015 #4
    Yes, teamwork is important in all science, not only medical science.
    Nobody builds their own personal Mars rover.
     
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  6. Jul 14, 2015 #5
    Ok thanks
     
  7. Jul 15, 2015 #6

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    I don't know what this means.

    Infectious diseases are of two types: bacterial and viral. Bacterial diseases can be treated (for the time being, at least) with antibiotics. Viral diseases cannot. Specific treatments have been developed for some viruses, but in general, there is no blanket treatment for them similar to how antibiotics can be used to treat bacterial infections.

    Viral diseases, like ebola, are much more complex than bacterial infections. It takes a team of doctors and scientists to study such diseases to find out how they are transmitted and how the infection disrupts the functioning of the body. Viral diseases are much more deadly and require careful handling in the lab, so their direct study is dangerous, perhaps lethal, to the scientists involved. It makes any trial experiments to develop cures or treatments difficult, if not impossible, to perform safely.
     
  8. Jul 15, 2015 #7
    There are primary and secondary diseases (the type of disease) the kind of diseases could be viral, bacterial, protozoan, and fungal. There are mainly viral and bacterial diseases which seem more dangerous. So are there people that are trying to cure diseases right now or trying to stop it from spreading?
     
  9. Jul 15, 2015 #8
    Yes, there are thousands of people involved in many different fields of medical research.
    Just lookup 'medical research' in google (or whatever).
    Some of the research involves teams within academic institutions, but a lot of it goes on within commercial organisations as well.
    The pharmaceuticals industry, (which includes research facilities), is one of the biggest industries on Earth!
     
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