Online Education Kit: 2005: Trypanosomatid Genomes Sequenced

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2005: Trypanosomatid Genomes Sequenced

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Trypanosomes are a family of protozoan parasites that cause severe disease in animals and humans. International collaborations of scientists published the genome sequences of three species that cause human disease worldwide.

These organisms infect millions of people worldwide and cause thousands of deaths each year. It is anticipated that the genome sequence data will serve as a basis for enhancing understanding of the complicated lifecycles of these parasites. Such understanding is critical to the development of effective vaccines and treatments.

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References:

Cross, G.A.M. Trypanosomes at the gates, Science 309: 355. 2005. [PubMed]

El-Sayed, N.M., Myler, P.J., Blendin, G., et al. Comparative genomics of trypanosomatid parasitic protozoa. Science, 309: 404-409. 2005. [PubMed]

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