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Monday, July 20, 2009

Schistosome Parasite Genome Cracked

Schistosome Parasite Genome Cracked:

Hinxton, Cambridge, UK (OBBeC) - Researchers have published the complete genome sequence of the Schistosoma mansoni, a parasitic worm – commonly known as a blood fluke – that causes devastating disease. The World Health Organization ranks schistosomiasis as a neglected disease of the poor, affecting 210 million people in 76 countries, and each year causing 280,000 deaths in sub-Saharan Africa alone.

(Via OBBeC.com: Latest Headlines).