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Gene study reveals secrets of parasitic worms, possible treatments
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The results point to potential de-worming treatments to help fight some of the most neglected tropical diseases - including river blindness, schistosomiasis and hookworm disease - which affect around a billion people worldwide. "Parasitic worms are some of our oldest foes and have evolved over millions of years to be expert manipulators of the human immune system," said Makedonka Mitreva of Washington University's McDonnell Genome Institute, who co-led the work with colleagues from Britain's Wellcome Sanger Institute and Edinburgh University. read more


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