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2012-01-18 19:37:00

Scientists have cracked the genetic code and predicted some high priority drug targets for the blood parasite Schistosoma haematobium, which is linked to bladder cancer and HIV/ AIDS and causes the insidious urogenital disease schistosomiasis haematobia in more than 112 million people in Africa. Schistomiasis is recognized by the World Health Organization as one of the most socioeconomically devastating diseases, besides malaria, and is in urgent need of extensive research and improved...

2009-08-17 13:10:13

A U.S. scientist says he has completed the first genetic linkage map for Schistosoma mansoni -- a blood parasite linked with schistosomiasis. S. mansoni is a complex and aggressive pathogen affecting more than 90 million people in Africa, the Middle East and South America, Texas A&M University Assistant Professor Charles Criscione said. Schistosomiasis is a debilitating, chronic disease that can damage internal organs and impair growth in children. Criscione and his team of researchers...

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2009-07-15 12:45:00

Information could lead to new treatments for schistosomiasisTwo international research teams have determined the complete genetic sequences of two species of parasitic flatworms that cause schistosomiasis, a debilitating condition also known as snail fever. Schistosoma mansoni and Schistosoma japonicum are the first sequenced genomes of any organism in the large group called Lophotrochozoa, which includes other free-living and parasitic flatworms as well as segmented roundworms, such as the...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
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