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Blood Fluke (Schistosoma mansoni)

Blood Fluke (Schistosoma mansoni)

Trematode parasites in the phylum Nematoda include the internationally troublesome schistosomes that account for infections in about 200 million people in 75 tropical and sub-tropical countries. Of the three main species pathogenic to people, the human blood fluke (Schistosoma mansoni) has recently captured the imaginations of geneticists involved in the World Health Organization-sponsored Schistosome Genome Project. The goals of this ambitious project are to construct the physical map of this trematode's genome with hopes of discovering novel chemotherapeutic targets and vaccine candidates.

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