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Genetic code cracked for devastating blood parasite

Scientists have cracked the genetic code and predicted some high priority drug targets for the blood parasite Schistosoma haematobium. The parasite has been linked to bladder cancer and HIV/ AIDS and causes the urogenital disease schistosomiasis haematobia in more than 112 million people in Africa.

Schistosoma haematobium is transmitted from a freshwater snail to humans. Worms dwell in blood vessels and release eggs that become embedded in the bladder wall, and cause chronic immune-mediated disease and induce cancer.

Schistomiasis is recognised by the World Health Organization as one of the most socio-economically devastating diseases, besides malaria, and is in urgent need of extensive research and improved control.

Read more at The University of Melbourne

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