Big Parasitic Worm Study’s Big Hopes

A new Nature Genetics study has revealed nearly a million genes in parasitic worms never before identified.
With the insights into how the parasites evade human immune defenses and proliferate, the research may lead to new prevention and treatments for river blindness, schistosomiasis, hookworm disease and other neglected tropical diseases that affect more than 1 billion people worldwide.
Scientists from the Wellcome Sanger Institute and elsewhere, examined the genomes of more than 80 species of worms and discovered gene families that allowed them to colonize the gut and perform other functions.

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